‘Pretend shopping’ is a term my daughter coined in our family. Em is a girl who has always loved beautiful things…beautiful hair, make-up, clothes, interior design, magazines, good-looking movie stars and such. In my mind I used to think…”how did we raise such a ‘material girl’?”
I’ve prided myself on being pretty easy to please. I didn’t really ask for much growing up and I was pretty determined to save money instead of spend it throughout most of our marriage, however, that has changed a wee bit since our kids are now out of college. Our son Jeff was determined to move to my favorite state, Colorado. Immediately, I started researching real estate in my beloved state. I was going to help Jeff find a place to live…and he has. I didn’t help find the place, but I thought by ‘pretend shopping’ on-line I was discovering things that he might be interested in. I’ve kept my on-line connections and have had to wean myself off of the listings.
That all changed yesterday. After a long day of testing. I walked in the house to a very excited Dave.
” When you’ve got time I want to show you…I’ve been ‘pretend shopping’.”
Oh no…my instincts kick in, we just got finished with a new kitchen…what is he going to be building this time? Will it be another pond?
My guy sure knows where get me when I’m weak.
“Look at all the places I’ve been researching in Colorado. I think we can do it.” He even had started to research the money end of things. I know I should have said, “Slow down a minute…have you thought about the ramifications of all this?”
But I just looked at him square in the eye and said,
“I want to ‘pretend shop’ too!”