The Shopaholic Us!

As a daughter, accompanying my mom on her shopping spree has been my fondest memory. 

The Shopaholic Us!

As a daughter, accompanying my mom on her shopping spree has been my fondest memory. 

In my growing years from being a shy yet observant child to my teenage years and then to adulthood, our shopping excursions have only reached their pinnacle and have been vital in shaping my and my mom's totally telepathic and understanding relationship that slowly matured to being friends and gradually to being each other's confidant.

It was our shared love for shopping and exploring that become an entirely exclusive and unconventional way of parenting as well. It not only developed my not so mainstream but different, yet, elegant and classy taste in various subjects starting from wardrobe to home-decor, to life-easing gadgets in the kitchen, to making sure gifting somebody unusual and exclusive, yet, budget-friendly presents. 

I completely owe to my mom when people compliment me for the way I carry myself and for such a diversified and versatile closet that I possess.

However, apart from buying and owning a marvelous spectrum of things as an integral part of our shopping-fantasies, another beautiful thing that bloomed and groomed as a result of our buying-excursions was that it nurtured our relationship more as a mother and a daughter. We became close friends and rose above all boundaries of formality and privacy. 

To be honest, I never remember if I ever went shopping with any of my friends other than my mom. And it was always out of choice that I chose her because I trusted her opinion and taste more than I trusted mine. Be it lingerie shopping or exploring those sassy attires for honey-moon, my mom has witnessed and held my shopping-bags for all. She patiently waited outside trial-rooms waiting to address my "this one or that one" issues. 

Being a parent, she for that matter smartly utilized our shopping trips to know about the other spheres of my life that were less known to her. Noticing my likes, dislikes, or current shopping trends, she would always make out and understood how I was, who my friends were, who were the people close to me other than family, and what kind of people were my friends. As a mom to an adolescent daughter, she could even make out if someone in her daughter's life was more than a friend to her and then even guide if she had any kind of unwanted or 'concerning' vibes from any of the folks around me. She knew all my friends as much as I knew them and all these talks mostly occurred when we were engrossed in our world buying and bagging. 

Maybe, because of this gesture of my mom, I never realized of missing a 'shopping-friend' in my life. 

Needless to mention that she taught me how to check the worth of anything before paying for it. And of course, despite learning this 'art of bargaining' for so many years now, I still fail to bargain better than her. (Although, sometimes I get irritated with this talent of hers. However, at the same time she never fails to amaze me by getting such discounted rates and great deals for everything that she ever pays for.)

Even after so many years, whenever I visit my maternal town, both of us make sure to make a short yet intense shopping-trip to our favourite shopping destination. Of course, with an addition to our team now, my daughter - the gen-next. 

In a nutshell, it is amazing to quote how consumerism can deeply influence people's lifestyle, life, and relationships in so many unthought-of ways, besides its basic purpose of strengthening the economy. 

Thank you for reading! Happy shopping!

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