Empty Nester – Extraordinaire

creating, living, loving – all in a long black skirt

We Went to the Mall

Jordan and I were out today returning DVDs to the library and getting milk so the kids would have some for breakfast in the morning.  While out, we spent some time discussing the Neil Gaiman lecture yesterday, just checking in to see what we each really got out of it now that we’ve had some time to let it soak into our squishy little brains.  Not surprisingly, we focussed on the same bits – the “just write it” advice directed to an aspiring writer over on the right.  Jordan is working on a novel and needs to get past a sticky point; I need to sketch, plan, and sew. Bats! meow… needs new designs.  So the advice applies to both of us.  In order to help myself, I decided to take a quick tour of some of the nicer kids departments in town.  Keep in mind that in our small town [about 40,000 people], there aren’t a ton of high-end stores and what is considered high-end here, probably isn’t in any larger town.

That being said, I love small-town living 🙂

We ran to the mall and strolled through two stores.  I believe that was all that was available, but it was all we wanted to take time for too – the milk was in the trunk!  One thing that struck me was how much styles haven’t changed since I was a little girl.  I said a dozen times, ‘I had this same dress when I was little.’  The styles were the same – even the colors.  One shop [the nicer of the two] had racks upon racks of red, white, and blue clothes.  Even as a 7 year old in 1976, I wasn’t loving that…  This is me in 1972 [I’m in the blue dress] with my parents and younger sister.

It gave me hope though. I mean the styles running around in my head are the ones I’m seeing on the racks – and clearly they don’t change that much or that fast that I’ll lose the window before I complete the project.  I’m on track!!

Look for more soon.



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5 Responses to “We Went to the Mall”

  1. Belynda
    6:01 am on April 19th, 2010

    brave, brave woman! Not a mall fan myself… but it definitely does seem like the styles and colors never change… looking forward to seeing your designs. <3

  2. kortney
    12:32 pm on April 19th, 2010

    When I was in high school I loved digging in my mom’s clothes that she wore in the 60s. Now as an adult I steal things out of my grandmothers wardrobe. My kids then end up with eclectic version of my 1980s era self as well. I think we all like the same elements in clothes, so good ones are timeless. Yours will be great regardless of when you churn them out.

  3. Maura
    7:04 pm on April 19th, 2010

    I didn’t know Jordan had been bitten by the writing bug. How exciting! 🙂 And, trying to get past the sticky points? Ugh. That’s the worst! I just worked through one myself. Tell him to hang in there!

  4. J.B. Vadeboncoeur
    2:53 am on April 22nd, 2010

    You are so beautiful.
    I remember dresses I had as a child. One I loved had a big circular cuff on the short sleeves. The cuff was held up with a button – about 4-6 buttons around the cuff and I loved how it looked.

    Have fun making your creations that little girls will remember someday when they are old.

  5. J.B. Vadeboncoeur
    7:03 pm on May 30th, 2010

    Miss you. I saw this blog today and thought of you
    Stay well

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