Monday, June 26, 2006

Think, Think, Think

What was I thinking? I was perfectly fine one second and the next I'd totally lost my head! This isn't supposed to happen to someone my age. I'm old enough to have the experience to know better but certainly not near old enough to claim senility. I just can't figure out what possessed me to commit the act!

My daughter & I were out shopping. Shopping is not one of Dearest Daughter's favorite past times. Especially with me. Not that we don't like each other's company, we're just on the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to shopping personalities. She's very quick to make a decision. Either she likes it or she doesn't. If she likes it, she's done, that's the one, let's hit the road. Me, I'm the one who says, "ok, I like it. Remember what store it's in. Now let's go try here, here and here. Just in case there's something better or at a better price. I tend to forget it's probably costing me more in gas going there, there, and there than the difference in any deal I can get.

Anyhoo, we're out looking for a bathing suit for Dearest Daughter. She's going to camp with youth group this past weekend and swimming may be on the agenda. Do you all know how hard it is to find something decent and nice looking for a 16 year old? Decent and nice looking do not go in the same sentence when it comes to bathing suits. All the "decent" ones looked like they were designed for my gramma. And any nice looking ones, material wise, (I'm not allowed to use the word "cute" in relation to anything that has to do with her), were either cut up to here or down to there, if you know what I mean. Or they were pink! Can't do pink! That falls into the cute category. Sheesh!!!!

Now comes the awful part. The part where I forgot to think, lost my head and committed the insane act. Are you still with me? Good. Dearest Daughter is in the dressing room with half a dozen suits to try on and I'm standing there waiting in amongst the bathing suits, ever trying to find the better one. I picked up a one piece and that's when it happened. "This is cute. I wonder if it's in my size?" runs thru my head. "I could probably use a new suit too!"

I should have right then and there dropped the thing, remembering the scripture that says to think on things that are lovely, and hi-tailed it to the dressing room doors to wait for Dearest Daughter there. But no, I pick up another, and heavens, another. With the torture garments in hand, I head to my own dressing room. What the heck was I thinking? The first one the front was nice, but the back showed enough to give me nightmares for a week. The other two just got worse and I won't even go into descriptions so you all won't have nightmares, too!

Needless to say, the first one Dearest Daughter liked, is the one we bought, even though I made her try on at least 6 more. And me, I bought a pair of looooong pants. Sigh. Who invented the beach, pools and swimming anyway?


Lauren said...

Such a shame that it's not your sweet spirit that's more prevalent with a swimsuit on instead!!! I feel your pain dear.

Carol said...

I so feel your pain! I went through this with my daughter last year before camp. Do you know, she hated every one-piece out there and decided to wear one of mine instead? Imagine that!! So, this year, we started early, going through catalogs, looking in every store, willing to pay however much it would take to buy something she would be happy with. She tried on dozens of suits and refused to even acknowledge hundreds of others. The result:

She wore the same one she wore last year. I give up.

Susanne said...

Lauren: Thanks. Say can you invent that kind of suit. That'd be great!

Carol: You must be one teeny tiny gal for your daughter to fit your suit. I can only dream. And I know she wouldn't even then wear one of mine if I paid her. Our tastes are a touch different. :)

Islandsparrow said...

Yes I need intensive therapy after I go shopping for bathing suits. I wore my last one to holes.And when I took my daughter, I requested prayer support.Really - I'm not kidding...

Midlife Moments said...

It took me 4 years of living in florida before I wiould venture out to get a suit... and I still have to plan ahead and drink lots of coffee..

Oh the days of just picking it up in your size and throwing it in the basket... I miss those days.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

oh yes - bathing suits are no fun at all. I NEVER take off my board shorts.

but you need to enjoy the sun and water?!?! Shorts are the way to go!!

Susanne said...

islandsparrow: Too funny! But I'm afraid it's me they'd be praying for. My daughter makes up her mind pretty fast.

midlife: I drink tons of coffee. I don't think it helps me. And I don't ever remember just throwing a size in the basket. I always envied those who could.

janice: I actually do love the water. And I did start wearing shorts with the suit and it's much better!

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Modest swimsuits for tweens/teens are almost impossible to find. I had to have that shopping trip almost two months ago here in sunny TX! Almost lost my mind!

I need a new suit too. I hate looking in the "mommy" suits but good grief, I'm not wearing those triangles on strings!

Susanne said...

Katherine: "triangles on strings" That's hilarious! Although it would not be funny if it was on me! They just can't make them triangles big enough!

momrn2 said...

This has me laughing out loud! Sounds like my experiences to a "T"! Thanks for sharing this, um, personal shopping adventure! It was fun, for me at least! :-)

You know what they say... "Misery loves company". Thanks for being "company" in the swimsuit arena!!

owlhaven said...

How funny! I'm here from Shannon's. your blog looks great!

Mary, mom to many