Shopping with Mother…
I had planned on going through to Leeds and “The Beloved’s” house early this morning, but once I’d showered and dressed and sat down with “The Loved Ones” for breakfast, mother asked that fatal question, “What are you up to today?” not thinking she had an alterior motive I said, “Not much, why?”
“Meadowhall?” she asked, which meant, would I fancy taking her on a shopping trip to our local shopping mall. This is something we used to do a lot of in the past, but not so much these days. I couldn’t really refuse, not that I would anyway.
So, after breakfast, off we went in Ms Lemon to Meadowhall. I knew the trip would consist of me following her around, nodding in all the right places at suggested clothing. I wasn’t wrong, but it also gave me the opportunity of purchasing what the Americans call “Men’s Furnishings” I love that term. Basically socks and some new pants.
We lunched at Nando’s and then continued our shopping Odyssey. Meadowhall is a big place, but it doesn’t compare to some American malls like Sawgrass Mill in Ft. Lauderdale or Bell’s in Las Vegas, but it’s a decent size.
We had a good time, quite a giggle and as I was watching her surf the clothing rails, I started to wonder just how many more of these shopping trips I’d have with her. She suffers from osteoporosis in her spine and does have difficulty walking for long stretches of time, we frequently have to sit down and rest before moving on between shops. Having these past few weeks off sick has been good in the fact that it’s allowed me to spend more time with both of the parents and still look around for another job.
I’ve come to cherish the time spent with her in this way and have realised that I don’t do enough of it.