If my brothers (or sons) were doing something that didn’t interest me, I busied myself with a book or some sort of project. Pampering activities that most women enjoy (pedicures, facials) don’t appeal to me. Shopping has always felt stressful and goal-oriented. “Hanging out at the mall” has never been on my list of fun things to do.
On Saturday I had a rare opportunity to do just that with four female friends ranging in age from 10 to…well, old enough to have a 17-year-old daughter. I spent the afternoon with them at Arizona Mills in Tempe, ostensibly because the two youngest in our bunch — my honorary goddaughter, Ace Jenkins, and 12-year-old Solvay Blomquist, daughter of Calendar & Directories Editor Mala Blomquist — were practically salivating at the chance to visit what was billed as a “Pokémon Party for Arizona Families.”
You can read Mala’s blog to find out what that experience involved. I was more enchanted by the sideshow — the chance to people-watch (which I’ve always enjoyed), take pictures, enjoy my time with Ace and revel in the comfortable banter between a mother and two daughters who have a loving and extraordinarily close relationship built on honesty, trust and a wicked sense of humor.
I talked with Mala’s older daughter Mylan (the 17-year-old) about the dress she’s chosen for her prom. It was fun to listen to her describe it and then see a picture of it on her phone. We stopped to look at shops like Juicy Couture, Sanrio (a whole store devoted to Hello Kitty?) and Black Market Minerals, where I found my camera drawn to the vast array of colors, textures, bobbles, bangles and shiny, glittering objects.
My energy ran out about the same time as my camera’s battery. It was a good day, and a good time to call it a day.