"Oh I've been looking forward to this for ages" She warbled as we pulled into the car park "We haven't had a day out for so long!"
And we haven't, what with one thing and another. And here we were ready for a whole days shopping experience, well almost.
A few shops down the Mall I mentioned that I have always wanted a pair of leopard skin shoes!! I know, I know, but it is just one (possibly of many) things that I've always coveted and never had. There are loads in the shops right now, admittedly they all have 'killer heels' which would be far to high in the real world, but they still look amazing. If only I'd bought a pair years ago, I'd have had so much wear out of them! A whole twenty years worth of longing!! We looked at several pairs. My mum loves shoes.
We went in to several more shops and, in the end, landed in a lingerie dept. Mum passed me some leopard print underwear! "Look!" she squealed with excitement.
"Oh no thank you"
"But they're leopard print pants!"
"Yes, but it's shoes I like, I don't like leopard print on anything else, just shoes"
"Oh" she looked deflated.
We moved on to the night wear department. Surprisingly (!) they had leopard print PJ's.
"What about these?" She cried
"I just like leopard print on shoes" I said. Again.
"Don't you like these?"
"Not really" Not at all! And I don't wear PJ's!
Later on in the day we saw some leopard print wrapping paper. "No" I said quickly! "Only on shoes"
I'm telling you this because my mum has Christmas shopping on her mind. She has had a nice day and, with all the excitement, there are bits of it she will remember and other bits she will forget. She will remember leopard print.
I am willing to bet you that one of my Christmas presents will have a very bold leopard print on it, and it won't be shoes!! What will you get this Christmas??!