Thursday, August 29, 2013

12 Things I Learned in August (while walking in the mall)


This picture has absolutely nothing to do with the things I learned in August - however I forgot to take a picture while we were in the mall today. And I really feel I cannot publish a post without a picture. 

It's hard to believe August is already drawing to a close. The best part of that is we get to write about the things we learned over the course of the month.

This time I learned everything while walking in the Mall. My husband's post-op therapy is walking. After his back surgery the instructions were: walk, walk, walk. Since August in our part of the country still means triple digit temperatures, we decided to move our walk inside.

Truthfully it is excruciatingly boring walking the same circular path over and over again. However if you use just a bit of imagination you can learn all sorts of new and interesting things.

Hence: 12 Things I Learned in August (while walking in the Mall).

1  - It is possible for something to smell too sweet - even to this chocoholic. The smell emanating from the name brand ice cream store could put you off ice cream forever.

2  - Working at a kiosk is without a doubt one of the most boring jobs in the universe - especially if you're selling remote control cars.

3  - I had forgotten (how could I forget?) that a toddler can go from smiles to hysterics faster than the speed of light when denied the object of his or her little desire.

4  - There is an actual place where they do something with strings on your face. I'm sure I'm way behind the times on this one, but I have yet to figure out exactly what the strings do. I keep trying to time my walk so I'll be strolling past when one of the infrequent clients comes out, but no luck so far. Have you heard of this?

5  - There is a framed "Code of Conduct" by one of the entrances. From what I've been able to observe no one bothers to read it. Especially the part about modest attire.

6  - There are coin massage chairs strategically placed at either end of this unpretentious mall. They are deeply appreciated by small boys and older men.

7  - According to my studied observation, the vast majority of models are either angry or in pain.

8  - Cell phones are the universal accessory. They are especially essential to bored kiosk clerks and the ladies who work in that string place.

9  - I have been trying my "smile ministry" but it has become increasingly difficult to make eye contact. I'm kind of sad about that, but I keep trying.

10- There are unsung, nearly invisible heroes in the Mall - the gentle folk who empty trash cans, dust floors and pick up after us. Faithfully, day after day.

11 -I've noticed a very strange looking guy sashaying around the mall. I'm pretty sure he's some sort of serial killer. Not to worry. I'm keeping an eye on him. 

12- The most beautiful image of true love is not those picture-perfect models. It is an elderly couple strolling arm in arm.

What did you learn this month? Come on over to Emily's Chatting At The Sky  on Friday and share.

Blessings,
Linda


21 comments:

  1. i totally know the answer to number four.
    and i really enjoyed reading all twelve.
    pretty carnations, btw.

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  2. You are too cute. I am very thankful that you are keeping an eye on the strange looking individual.

    I am glad that your beloved is doing well enough after his surgery to walk the mall with you.

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    1. Thanks Iris. He's walking so fast I have a hard time keeping up.

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  3. LOVE THIS, Linda - it lets us see your funny side - and you are, indeed, pretty dang funny. LOVED #7 and haven't a clue about strings. I can't remember the last time I walked around an indoor mall - maybe it's time. . .

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  4. Oh thank you Diana. You have a gift for always saying exactly the right thing.

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  5. Hi dear Linda! This was so much fun to read :) Sounds like you learned much this month. Believe it or not, I don't have a cell phone. I seem to be "cursed" when it comes to them...I lost one and ran over another one with the lawn mower (it was an accident). So I have decided to give them up and it's actually quite nice :) What you said about a toddler is so true. Have a lovely weekend, sweet friend!

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  6. I loved your post. Funny! Who knew you could learn so many things in the mall! Thanks for making me chuckle today!

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  7. I loved your post. Funny! Who knew you could learn so many things in the mall! Thanks for making me chuckle today!

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  8. Very funny - love this! Aren't these end of the month link ups fun? Love how you took one scene and came up with so many things to learn. Fascinating. My favorite? #12. Very, very true. And those angry models - if one of my daughters put on a pouty face like that, I would tell her to snap out of it. Grateful your husband is doing better, healing well.

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    1. Thank you so much Maureen. He is so grateful for this successful surgery. Being pain-free is a huge blessing!

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  9. Hi Linda, I loved reading this. To answer your #4 question, it's called threading. The reason I'm familiar with it is because I've always been a hairy girl (not getting better with age either). I've checked out every form of hair removal on the internet and found threading one time. I've never tried it. I think I'll just stick to waxing. Here's a link to the "string thing". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwd2T8NKb0A

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    1. Thanks Ann. I thought maybe it had to do with wrinkles and lines. It looks a little scarey to me:)

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  10. Your list made me smile. Great way to spruce up your walk with your husband. I am not sure about your string store but it sounds like threading. It is done where I live in Central Asia to take off facial hair. I have done it just to see what it was like. It is slightly painful and makes your eyes water but it also keeps those eyebrows looking nice for a month or so. I think you should try it sometime just because. :)

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    1. Ah - I'm sure you're right TJ. Ann said the very same thing. It does look a bit painful. However my eyebrows could use a bit of help. I can't ever seem to get both eyebrows looking the same!

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  11. Oh, Linda... how I've missed you! You made me laugh out loud tonight, and oh, how I needed that laugh!!

    Blessings to you on this holiday weekend, sweet friend-- and giant hugs from this long-lost VA girl :)

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  12. Hey my long lost friend!!! Sat next to HH in truthville this morning and she put me on to this blog. Very fun to read. I'm anxious to read previous blogs to get caught up! We will be in your great state in December, maybe we could meet up! Our whole family is stateside now! Lee T.

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    1. Lee!!! I can't believe it. How long has it been? It would be great to get together again. Let us know your plans.

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  13. I loved this, Linda - it made me laugh and smile and nod my head yes. I especially like #10 - so, so true.

    I'm sorry I've been MIA for a while now - getting my head above water (maybe). xxoo

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  14. I'm so glad someone else is working on a smile ministry! Keep it up! I think it is crazy that we all live on this planet together and for somereason can't even look one another in the eyes as we pass by. Blessings to you and thanks for sharing your list!

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  15. What a fun post - the mall is so entertaining! I am visiting from Emily's blog and your smile ministry makes me smile! Sending one to you from me today : )

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