My husband and kids know the way to my heart … through thrifting. One year, on our way back from a weekend up North, my husband mapped out all of the thrift stores on the way home and let me stop at every single one. It was then that I knew he was right for me (ok I knew long before that). He might sometimes not be so helpful with the laundry, but he sure knows how to plan a thrift excursion.
He has always told me that I am impossible to shop for, and maybe I am — at least for him. My sisters always know what to get me (clothes), and my friends know I’m all set with dinner and a night out. But my husband is always on the hunt for the perfect gift for me … and I think he may have finally found it.
Last Mother’s Day, he was upset because he couldn’t think of what to get me – or so he made me believe. He actually told me that he just might not get me anything because it was too difficult. After all, I’m not his mom, and the kids had made me something already. I was ok with that – really, I was.
And then the Saturday before Mother’s Day, we all hopped in the car under the guise of running errands. And what did my husband and kids have planned for me? Well, they took me first to get coffee, because I would need it for what came next. I got my extra-large dark roast, and then he drove us all to the St. Louis Park Goodwill. They threw me in a changing room, and the kids (and my husband; he was enjoying it too) kept throwing different items over the door. They all picked out what they thought I would love, and had me try it all on and model it for them. Sure, there were a lot of ruffles involved (from my seven year old daughter) and lots of sequins, too (from my nine year old son), but whoever said there was anything wrong with ruffles and sequins?
After the modeling session, I walked around the store on my own and found a few more treasures. But all in all, what they picked out for me was exactly what I would have picked myself — they know me so well. Well enough to know that a modeling makeover at Goodwill would be one of my favorite presents ever. And the kids didn’t complain the whole time we were there. Added bonus.