A Silver Lining on the Cloud of Shopping


I hate shopping. Generally, I find it to be a pain in the patootie. It makes my knees and feet hurt. Also, if I shop in stores, I’ve noticed I spend far more than when I shop online. When I see an item, particularly if it’s on sale, I’m much more likely to buy it. For me, online shopping is more targeted, and I’m less likely to impulse buy.

Funny thing I’ve noticed is that if I stay out of stores, I don’t spend money. That right there is one excellent reason to not shop.

Anyway, due to the Christmas last-minute shopping crush, I found myself out shopping today. I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into one of my former professors and his wife. He was a favorite of mine, and it delighted me to see him and talk to him.

One of the comments he made in class has always stuck with me. “Music is the universal language,” meaning that if you can read music, you can read it no matter what language you read. How very true.

We chatted and did some catching up, and he told me how he has recently delved into the Kindle world. I told his wife she should get one too so they wouldn’t fight over it.

Now as much as I love Amazon, and I do love Amazon and online shopping, I would never have run into this man online. That sort of chance meeting can only happen while out physically shopping rather than cyber shopping. I’m so glad I ventured out today!

Also, since I was talking to him, I hung my head in shame and told him how sorry I was for turning in that paper that I wrote in his Shakespeare class to him with the *ahem* creative margins. I would never let a student get away with that, and looking from the other side of the desk, I knew that paper was a crock. Heck, I knew it when I turned it in.

Being the gracious man he is, first he told me not to worry about it (I’m sure he didn’t remember it from the thousands he graded–or at least I hope he didn’t) and then he lifted his had to me and said, “You’re absolved. Don’t think about it any more.” Whew. Really, I’m glad to have that off my chest.

In case you don’t know, here’s the dictionary definition for absolve:

“set or declare (someone) free from blame, guilt, or responsibility : the pardon absolved them of any crimes.”

My silver lining in the cloud of shopping today is that I’ve been absolved of the creative margin crime that made a three-page paper look like a seven-page paper.

Now that’s a Christmas gift.

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