The other day I had the S.B. Virus. You have all had it at one time or another. It's formally referred to as the Shopping Bug Virus. With a 16 year old girl in the house, I knew better than to hit the mall without her.
I got sick of waiting for her to wake up and more or less jumped on her bed.
Me: "I miss shopping," in my best whine.
Daughter: "Me too. Want to go?"
Me: "Well, yeah, I've been waiting for you to get up."
Daughter: "It will take me 5 minutes."
You see, my daughter was always my shopping partner in crime. We haven't been in ages. Divorce will do that. I didn't really have the money to take her but I knew we needed a little retail therapy.
I gave her some cash and then we met up a bit later.
Text from Daughter: "You done?"
Me: "Yup. You?"
Daughter: "Yup. You hungry?"
We decided on Cheesecake Factory and had to walk through Nordstroms to get there.
Me: "I hate Kate Spade," pouting.
Me: "Because she torments me with cute things I can't afford."
Daughter: "Get one anyways."
Ha! I did try to justify a purchase with, "Well, I did almost die of a blood clot," (wondering how long I can use this before it gets old). Then my practical side kicked in and I knew it would be a foolish move that would induce guilt that would overpower the short lived new purchase thrill.
We treated ourselves to dinner and I ordered take out to bring home for her brother and cheesecake for the kids to eat later that evening.
Daughter ponders over cheesecake menu. So many decisions.
Daughter: "You should get one."
Me: "I'm full. I don't want one."
She knows me, eyes me suspiciously and then, "Well, you aren't going to eat all of mine."
Me: "I won't." I say this confidentially because I know the flavor she ordered is too sweet for my taste buds.
We go home singing, full bellied and a little bit poorer, but happy. I am proud to say that I have been cured of the S.B. Virus for the moment.
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