Here I Go Shopping Again
So, Herman has been saying to me for months, “No
more sweatshirts, Kathryn. You have a million.”
Well, actually I have more like 30! So what do you think
I bought, or rather talked Herman into buying the last
week in October? Yes, you got it, another sweatshirt.
up at Groom’s, our local country store, and I noticed
a bunch of really cool sweatshirts. I had bought sweatshirts
there before, but not in awhile. We did a little shopping
before I began yelling that I wanted a sweatshirt. Herman
rolled his eyes and very resignedly picked one up that
I had at first wanted a hooded sweatshirt in a navy blue.
But Herman talked me out of it as I already had that style
in green (which I had also bought at Groom’s last
year). I then saw an Adirondack Mountain sweatshirt in
maroon with writing on the sleeve saying “Adirondack’s”
with a bear on the front as well.
Jerry Groom, the owner and proprietor of Groom’s
Store, saw us in the store and when we got up to the register
he didn’t comment on our small argument. He had
just been to China and I had a ton of questions for him.
One thing that stuck out in my mind was his telling us
that he got some terrific deals there, but even more was
the extreme poverty he saw. There was an overturned milk
truck they passed and people were scooping the milk out
of the ditch to take home and use.
tells me he had a great time in China and he plans on
going again next summer. He also told me he missed his
family while he was gone. As for me, I did my part by
buying the cheaper of the sweatshirts. The hooded one
would have been $28 and the one I got was only $18. See,
I can be a wise shopper too.
wants me to go through all my sweatshirts and get rid
of the ones I don’t wear very often. I hate this
idea. He says it is too hard finding the one item I want
in my overstuffed closet. I can’t see myself discarding
any of them though. What if I want to wear one I threw
away after it’s gone? Then we have a bigger problem.
That would entail me going shopping online. Which I’ve
actually been good about lately.
last thing I bought on line was a bathing suit this past
summer. So I guess you could say I’m doing very
well with my shopping addiction. I can’t honestly
remember the last time Herman did any online shopping
for himself. No, I take that back. He recently went online
to get the fourth season of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
See, we had gotten seasons one through three and finally
finished them. So it was time. That show is simply hilarious.
I don’t know why I never watched it when it was
on the air. But I made up for it by getting it on DVD.
At least there are no commercials on the DVD’s.
And we know how commercials might lead me to more shopping!
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com