Steven loves the mall. The food court, the mini-playground, and ogling at all the other babies confined to strollers.
Mom loves the mall, too. The clothes, the candles, shower gels and lotions galore.... It's even fun to check out the hair extensions booth, just in case I ever need a cheerleader ponytail for just the right occasion.
Last night's mall-mission: mom needs a bra. I'm sure a 2 year old couldn't imagine anything more fun to do. Seriously. Have you ever tried to navigate a stroller through the JC Penny's lingerie racks? If so, you'd know that it would be easier to skipper the USS Ronald Reagan down the Wabash River. As a result, Steven is able to gleefully grab hanger after hanger of the largest sized undergarments (always relegated to the lowest racks), leaving a pile of granny briefs in our wake. He giggles as if he knows exactly how mortified I am.
Equally as enjoyable is having Steven and his 80 pound stroller, which handles as well as a grocery cart on squashed grapes, accompany me into the fitting room. "Mommmmie, I don't like dat." Thanks, Steven, I'll take your opinion into consideration. "Mommmmie, dat's too big!" If you're referring to the clothes I'm trying on, thank you very much! (but if you're referring to what is going into the clothes I'm trying on, mind your own business!)
After banging into several doors, clothing racks, and other frazzled moms with strollers, we finally worked our way to the "main mall," like an oasis in the shopping desert.
But then I saw something that made me pause in my usual enjoyment of mall-offerings: they've actually hired an Easter Bunny to sit in the middle of the mall, à la Santa Claus, for little children to visit. Now I suppose there's nothing wrong with that...except, well, what do kids ask the Easter Bunny to bring them that he doesn't already know? Decorated eggs? Chocolate bunnies? Jelly Beans? Do little kids actually ask the creepy bunny with only one facial expression for these items as if they may not get them this year? Or has the holiday evolved so it's now in fashion to ask for Big Wheels and Holly Hobby Bake Ovens for Easter Sunday?
Did I miss a step?