Thursday, December 10, 2009

old spice and a basketball

i did some secret shopping the other night.
at toys r us.
(wink, wink, nod, nod)
say no more.

our kids haven't asked for much,
so i just kind of wandered around the store.
looking for ideas.

(i am prone to wander, ask mm)

as i wandered i started to notice
parents with piles of stuff
in their carts.

just stuff.
seemingly no rhyme or reason.
gator golf and chess sets.
i refrained from telling them to forget the chess set.
they'll be sorry when they are missing a piece,
and are looking everywhere because they can't sleep
because of that lost bishop.
oh wait, that's me.

i was amazed at the jammed carts,
the lists,
the craziness and crowdiness
of the store.

i was just starting to think to myself,
"is this really what christmas is all about?"

when i smelled him.
my paw-paw.
that perfect blend of
old spice and irish spring.
there in toys r us.
it took my breath away.

and from around the way
an old man came shuffling by.
in the middle of all the craziness.
the piles of stuff stacked all around.

in his cart -
a basketball.
that's it.

in that moment,
i lost it.
in toys r us.
yes, weepy, wandering me.

i sincerely hope that whoever receives that basketball,
loves it with all of their heart.
and truly appreciates this person
who braved the crowds,
stood in line to pay,
and drove in the sleety rain,
to purchase the perfect gift.

smelling all completely wonderful.

i know i would.

4 comments:

One Sided Momma said...

ouch. that one hurt. in a good way. but wow, right to the heart.

(your paw-paw = my boomps. long story.)

won't be able to shake that one all day, pj.

i hope the recipient of that basketball plays the hell out of it for years and years and then passes it on.

Aaron Bias said...

My Granny's house still smells faintly of my Grandpa's pipe tobacco. It always makes me sad to see other people sitting in his chair. :(

WASPy Girl said...

sniff, sniff

Bonnie said...

I have been known to follow strange med who smell of Old Spice...