It’s Black Friday, you know, prime shopping time. Malls and shopping centers are as good as under siege and I wanted to join the crowd. Already today, an over-zealous Walmart shopper used pepper spray to shoo away rival buyers from the Xboxes. She wanted first dibs.
As a rule, I steer clear of Walmart from November until February. You should, too. Modern day holiday shopping has taken on an element of danger. Online shopping, that’s for me. I can park myself wherever I want, plus a shirt and shoes are optional. I don’t even have to brave the cold and snow.
But I digress
Socks. Curiously, they’re my weakness. There’s no sweeter feeling than wearing fluffy new socks, none. They put a spring in my step and a song in my heart; they transform an average day into a glorious event. Most people don’t share my enthusiasm or pretend to understand it, but I believe in the power of new socks. And underwear, there’s magic in those, too.
My supply of socks had started looking kind of down on their luck, with threadbare heels and dingy soles. They were thin and tired and out of shape. When I’d pull a pair from the sock drawer, I could hear the weary sigh. They’d been worn to a frazzle. Not all of them, mind you, just the everyday socks. The dress socks are in fine shape, bright and snug and cheerful.
Then, this afternoon, the mood struck: I had to buy new socks. Now. So I hopped in the car and took off for the mall. Of course, the parking lot was packed tight with cars and the stores were teeming with rabid shoppers, but the sock department was wide open. I browsed at my leisure, unbothered. Finally deciding on a lovely 3-pack of luxuriously thick, cottony socks — on sale for eight bucks, normally fifteen. I splurged and bought two packs, that’s six pairs. I am rich with toasty, beautiful, cushy socks.
I could join a marching band and still have happy feet. I could scale Everest in these babies, they’re some seriously thick, warm socks. I might not be able to get shoes on, but who cares? I have new socks and, oh, life is good.
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