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Friday, February 16, 2007


It's sometimes the little things

Sometimes it really is the little things that mean the most. A pat on the back from your boss. Your kids behaving during a dinner out. Finding a great fitting pair of pants and getting them on sale. Your favorite maker of shoes having an outlet, where you found the pants!

Don't get me wrong-my life has been having some pretty big things going on lately. My husband (not me!) turned 50. I became a grandma. Our daughter's health is back to normal (well, as much as any new mother's can be), our son has been getting job offers for after his graduation in June. I'm almost walking "up to speed", kind of, in a way, since my unfortunate broken foot incident. I came in 7th in a Valentine's Day Essay Contest. A new publisher read some of my internet articles and contacted me with an interest in hiring me for freelance work. I seem to have struck up some very nice cyber-friendships with several freelance writers. They are way more successful than I, but they've actually read this blog and some of my articles and have taken the time to let me know that I really can write!

With all that said, it's still the little things that seem to make a difference. Like the pants and shoe thing. What woman wouldn't consider a new pair of jeans that both fit and were a good price not to matter? Two months ago I was that lucky woman!

Yes, we were on a rare family weekend (hubby, son, daughter, son-in-law) and were at a "premium" outlet mall. We were having a "shop til you drop" day. Our daughter, who was 7 months pregnant, found a coat! Our son-in-law found a wallet. My husband found pants, he didn't even try them on (don't you hate that about men?). Our son, just cruised, he didn't want to really find anything. I, all 5' 1 1/2" of me, with the short waist, legs and hard to fit body, must have gone to every stupid store in that entire mall that sold jeans and tried on countless pairs.

I was devastated. Nothing fit. I refused to wear low-riders-no matter how many salespeople said "they look great on my mom" (note to young salespeople, do not use that line on us baby boomers-it just pisses us off). One young man suggested two stores that specialized in classic cut clothing. One didn't pan out-in any way. But the other designer-bless this man! First, what woman would not love a designer who makes it possible to for her to wear size "0"? All that aside, the waist did not stick out 4" from my body, the hips didn't pinch, I could wear them without taking them up a half a foot, they were comfortable, the store had three sets left and they were-get this-$29 each! Designer pants!

Talk about little things that mean a whole lot! Then as if that wasn't enough-this mall had an outlet store for my favorite brand of shoes. I hate finding shoes. But this company has styles that I can wear-not the prettiest on the planet, but ones that I never grimace about putting on my feet. The better news, like the pants-they were on sale and I found two pairs!

I feel a little like the credit card commercial: 3 pairs of size "0" pants-$90. 2 sets of walkers- $150. (Normally $275) A shopping trip not ending in frustration: PRICELESS.

Yes, it is the small things that mean a lot.
A mother calling, not to complain, but to compliment me on my grandchild's behavior at a sleep-over.
After spending 6 hours waiting in the hospital with somebody sick, to come home and find the laundry folded.
Oh yes, we do appreciate the small things!

I have the "jean" issue as well...I was a size 2 in Gap for the last four years, then all of a sudden I couldn't get the button closed on the size 2's in the dressing room! Strange, because I was still wearing my old size 2's, and they fit fine! The salesperson told me that they've changed their sizes around, so now a 2 is too snug and a 4 is too big. Their jeans don't fit me anymore, and I'm devastated...they're the only brand I've worn for the last 10 years!! I know you're probably worried about identifying the designer of your jeans, but boy, would I like to know. I'm ready to spend $150 on a pair of jeans if they fit me right!! But $29 would be oh, so much better!! ;)

Take good care,
Matty, boy can I relate. Our daughter, in her day, was always giving us a run for our money! so when a parent would call and ask my secret to having such a well behaved child,I would feel like crying w/ joy!!!
Lisa, of course I'll share! Tommy Hilfiger. I found them at the outlet premium mall in Vegas the day after Christmas. The shoes were Ecco.
Hope you can find some. I personally would rather have dental work than shop for clothes.
Carine, congratulations for the publishers interest in hiring you...I am so proud of you and you deserve it!
great shopping trip i think..gald you found everything you liked and i do the same thing too, i buy what l like in twos or threes....great post as usual.
thanks summer! hopefully more encouragement is on the way!
Dear Carine...yes, it's true, Size twos are the new fours and fours the new sixes! Having said that, good for you...and a family affair to boot. Not a bad day at all. ;)

once they get to the adult "age" things like a family vacation are rare and wonderful-like finding that pair of pants!
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