Hubby and I recently spent a long weekend at DD’s house. And DD had set one of the days we were there aside for her and me to take Mimi shopping. She needed to buy Mimi’s first communion dress and I wanted to buy Mimi a belated birthday present (Because we couldn’t be there, I had sent a card with a “gift certificate” for one shopping trip with Nana in it.)
The first store we went to, looking for the special dress, had one Mimi liked, but DD wisely suggested we have that dress held and go to at least one other store to make sure we didn’t find something Mimi liked better.
Boy, was DD’s suggestion the right one! The second store had a huge selection of first communion dresses and all of them were beautiful. We picked about six for Mimi to try on and the fun began. I had no idea that spinning would be part of the test to find the perfect dress. In every dress Mimi twirled to check its fullness and well, I guess, its overall “twirlability”. Hubby and I are Lutheran, so I had never taken a little girl to buy a beautiful white dress with a veil before, so this was a new and fun experience for me.
After we found the “perfect” dress (yes, it twirls beautifully!), DD had promised to get Mimi’s ears pierced. So she suggested that while they went to Claire’s to get Mimi’s ears pierced, I go to the restaurant a couple doors down and put our name in for a table. So we parted ways and I did my part … I put my name in at the restaurant then sat down in the waiting area to wait for DD and Mimi to join me.
I had no idea how long it would take to get ears pierced, but I was thinking it would be a pretty simple procedure and only take a few minutes. Wrong. I would guess I waited 15 or 20 minutes. In fact, I was told our table was ready, but because they weren’t there yet, the hostess said to let her know when they got there and she would seat us then.
Okay … I was getting a little nervous now. I was wishing it wasn’t so noisy in the restaurant lobby, because I wouldn’t have been able to hear Mimi screaming, even if she did it very loudly. Luckily, not too long after I had that thought, DD and the newly pierced Mimi showed up. Mission accomplished!
Mimi was soooo proud of her little flower earrings. Every few minutes, all through lunch, she would say, “I can’t believe I got my ears pierced!” (btw, one improvement since the days when I and her mother had our ears pierced — two people do it now so that they can do both ears at the same time. Verrrry smart.)
After lunch, our last stop was the build-a-bear store. That is where Mimi wanted to spend her birthday money. I have bought build-a-bears before but I never get tired of looking at all the fun stuffed animal choices and the clothes to put on them. Also, they have added one new dimension since the last time I bought one — Mimi was able to pick a song by her favorite singer (Justin Bieber) and have it recorded on a chip inside her bear so that she could push a certain spot and hear the song.
It was time to go home after that. But on the way home, Mimi told DD and me that this had been one of her best days ever. And, of course, “I can’t believe I have pierced ears now!”
Because we don’t live in the same town with any of our grandchildren, shopping trips like this are something I don’t often get to be part of … but I’m so glad I got to be part of it this time.
I think it was a day we will all remember fondly, but especially Mimi.