Friday, April 15, 2011
Baseball and Apple Pie
I prefer jackets--winter, spring, or otherwise--with hoods because since I was a young girl, I've always had an issue with the wind blowing my hair around and messing it up. (I know, it sounds vain, but wait until you hear why!) When I was 8 and 9 years old, I had thick hair down to my waist, and my mom used to struggle (and try not to cuss) while trying to get a brush through it. Whenever it would get wind-blown, it would get so tangly that I'd hide from her so she couldn't find me and brush it because it hurt when she did (she never had the patience to SLOWLY brush out the tangles).
I remember when my grandmother bought a used Thunderbird convertible, and she'd take us kids around town in it. The neighborhood kids would say to me, "Wow! How cool that you get to ride around with the top down!" and I remember answering, "No, not cool! All that does is tangle my hair!" LOL One day, when my mom got tired of fighting with me over brushing my hair, she suddenly dropped the hairbrush, picked up a pair of scissors that were sitting on her end table, and before I knew what hit me, she'd cut my hair up to the bottom of my ears! I was just devastated and I cried. She cut it just a few days before school pictures were taken and I absolutely HATED that photo of me. Ever since then, I haven't liked the wind blowing my hair around and if it's windy outside, I always put up my hood. (OK, so maybe my reasons for not liking the wind-blown look aren't as convincing as I'd hoped. But still...you can see my side of the story, right?) :-)
But I digress...so hubby & I went to Wal-mart to buy TWO SIMPLE, ALL-AMERICAN TYPE ITEMS that ANY department-type store should have on hand--spring jackets and tennis shoes. Only there were NO ladies' jackets of any kind to be found, and very few tennis shoes for men. And the ones my hubby did find weren't in his size--an average guy size of 12. Disappointed, we put our empty shopping cart back and walked out of Wal-mart totally dazed and confused, with large, invisible question marks hanging over our heads. How could this have happened? I mean, we almost always find what we need at Wal-mart! No jackets? Only 1 row of tennis shoes? These items are akin to baseball and apple pie! How un-American!!! LOL
And so, we'll try again tomorrow at nearby K-mart and Meijer stores. In the meantime, the winds tonight are just howling outside, and I am, once again, looking forward to finding that cute, hooded spring jacket that I KNOW is out there somewhere with my name on it.