Age-Awakening Experience

13 Jul

One of our nieces is turning 13 in a week and like many youngens these days, she has to have clothes from a store called Hollister.

I had an idea that it was similar to Abercrombie and Fitch but never had the need/desire to check it out for myself.  Now I know why. Man, do I feel old.

I’ve never felt my age before.  I know there are things I’m not supposed to do now that I’m 30 and a mom.

  • I’m not supposed to shop in the junior section at department stores.
  • I’m not supposed to say things like “Miley Cyrus is cool” or “I totally love ‘High School Musical!'”
  • I’m not supposed to want and purchase the hot pink cell phone.
  • I cannot eat 10 piece Chicken McNuggets and the biggest Fry, never workout and still fit into my awesome size 6 GAP jeans.
  • I’m not supposed to push a stroller in any Hollister store.

How the heck was I supposed to know the store barely had enough room for a normal sized girl to walk through let alone try to steer Nia around racks, throw rugs, teens and sofas.  When I finally made it up to the counter, a hip little thing tried to cut in front of me!  I’m so unwanted, I’m invisible!  I totally was all like, “Oh, no you didn’t!” and cut her off at the cash. But then it gets far more stressful for me.  I have to pick out a gift card.

Typically, gift cards are decorated pretty simply.  A solid color, the words, “A Gift for You!” written on it and some cutesy design.

Not at this store.  They were all covered with half-naked hot guys and gals.  Totally fine for anyone who is not the child I’m getting the gift card for.  I even asked the teen behind the counter, “Do you have one that’s ok for a little girl?”  She freakin’ hands me one of a shirtless man and a girl looking all seductive into the camera.  Again, fine for anyone who is not my niece!

My friend Julie was with me and she suggested drawing a shirt on the guy!  Could you even imagine how embarrassed my poor niece would be when she goes to pay with a gift card that her aunt censored?  How uncool is that?!

7 Responses to “Age-Awakening Experience”

  1. Anna July 13, 2008 at 2:08 am #

    I had a similar experience at our mall in Beaverton. My sister-in-law and I wandered into this new store in the mall that was so cool, it didn't even have a sign. Just a faux-brick front. We wandered in with our strollers. It was so dark! And the music was so loud! I couldn't even figure out what they were selling- where were the clothes? We just wandered into several rooms that had a handful of clothes folded on dining tables. I felt so old!!!

  2. Are You ZaZa? July 13, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    I can't believe I forgot about the music! It WAS SO LOUD.

  3. gummibunny July 13, 2008 at 8:25 pm #

    So what did you do – did you find a suitable gift card or did you have to get the shirtless-guy card? And I think it's silly that a clothing store would advertise itself with photographs of a guy with no shirt on. Oh man, I'm glad we have many years before our own kids drag us in there! I'll stick with Gymboree.

  4. Are You ZaZa? July 14, 2008 at 1:54 am #

    Great point about the whole shirtless guy advertising for clothes! I got the gift card the girl handed me because I wanted to get out of there as fast as I could!

  5. the real ~Roxann~ July 15, 2008 at 10:34 am #

    Hilarious! So glad to see you posting. I've missed you.r

  6. Scoop July 16, 2008 at 8:27 pm #

    Thinking about you.

  7. TattooRN July 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm #

    I'm with Ginger on this one. Although, I have been shopping in those stores for a couple of years now because of Marley. The little cashiers actually call me, "hon" sometimes. Nice.

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