It was the last day of his school's week-long "Halloween Break" (don't ask) and Thing 2 had finally tired of torturing me with his top ten list of my failings. Among my favorites were 1) you're not a "fun Mom" because 2) I "never take him anyplace" and 3) I (meaning me) can't "think of anything fun for him to do." Thing 2 asked me to take him to the mall and I quickly agreed, fantasizing that I might be able to lose him in the crowd.
I also agreed because it was high time for my annual "last trip to the mall before the holidays start" (this was November 5). It may sound counterintuitive to swear off the mall as December approacheth, but as a Yiddishe mama, there's no reason for me to set foot in the mall during the season of merry and bright. (As for Chanukah, I throw the kids a few latkes, mumble some phlegmy words under my breath and call it a holiday).
So here's a pair of jeans I saw at Aeropostale. They were on sale for $50, down from $60. I wonder how much they would cost if they weren't ripped?
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The mall staff was just starting to put up the Christmas decorations - this being the first week of November and all. The red bows look small, but they're actually huge -- I took this from the second level.
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Similarly, while these may look like festive Lifesavers, they're really humongous Christmas wreaths.
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This is Thing 2, looking cool as he examines skateboarding tee-shirts at the skateboarding store.
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And here's me. It's not the BEST picture of me, but it's darn close! And I took it myself!
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For a bit of perspective, here's me when I get really dolled up: