Secret Shopper

“I’m not going in there. No way. Forget it.”

My seventy-something mother’s stance was as rigid as her words; arms folded across her chest, unyielding legs pointed away from the shop I’d just suggested.

She and I had spent the entire afternoon combing through three department stores for the definitive pair of panties. Or at least my mom’s idea of same. This illusive undergarment had to be loose, comfortable, 100% cotton, and totally devoid of lace. And that was just for starters. It also had to completely cover my mother’s hips and come in a large size, the exact number of which she resolutely refused to disclose. … (Secret Shopper is continued here.)

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10 Responses to “Secret Shopper”

  1. » Carnival of Family Life #25 says:

    […] Check out the great job that our new host Stephanie did on this week’s Carnival of Family Life. Over at Adventures in the 100 Acre Woods, you can find a variety of family-related posts ranging from roadkill to finding the perfect pair of underwear to even explanations on where babies come from. Come check these out and a whole lot more! […]

  2. Jenny Ryan says:

    SO…FUNNY!! Thank you!

  3. kailani says:

    It’s funny how older generations view VS. Once they finally go in they realize it like any other lingerie store.

    Here via CFL

  4. madkane says:

    Thanks so much Jenny and Kailani!

  5. SingForHim @ Real Life says:

    “our search would not be brief” Ha!

    What a fun anecdote! Incidentally, I love VS underwear, and I don’t wear lace, either! It would’ve been fun to be a fly on the wall during that shopping trip.

  6. childlife says:

    Very funny post! I love the way your beautiful friendship with your mom shines through in spite of the exasperation. She sounds like a kick!

  7. This is hysterical. I can absolutely picture the 15 minute exchange outside the store. Great writing, I enjoyed this very much!

  8. Lynnae @ From Under the Clutter says:

    I love it! I’m still laughing!

  9. madkane says:

    Thanks so much for all your lovely comments. I’m so glad you enjoyed my Secret Shopper!

  10. secret shopper says:

    This post was hilarious! I cannot even imagine going shopping with my mom for such items. I can promise you that even if I did, I would never get her to walk in the door of Victoria’s Secret. She moves to the other side of mall when we get near the store!