What do you want for your birthday? my husband asks. The kids are asking for dinner out, but it’s supposed to snow, I reply. I would rather cook dinner and spend the money we save on a shopping excursion. The kids can decorate the homemade cake I baked and froze.
The day before the big day, I take the cake out of the freezer. Go shopping for dinner ingredients. Along the way, I stop at my favorite clothing retailer. There, I find exactly what I am looking for. A new pink handbag. A silver backpack for sports and family outings. A new set of fencing warm-ups. And? A blue shirt in exactly the color of my college sports team colors.
Two weeks ago, I traveled to Waltham, MA to watch my college win the fencing NCAA championships. While I was packing for the trip, I discovered something – I do not own anything in my college colors of pale blue and white. With no time to go shopping, I packed a bag full of black and white garments, and added in pink shoes and handbags. The result? Nobody could tell I was affiliated with my school except when they happened to notice the embroidered logo on my black quilted vest. Which, of course, I wore nonstop during the four day fencing expedition.
So when I spotted a pale blue v-neck top on the rack at my favorite store? My eye was drawn to it like a magnet. And when I tried it on, and it fit perfectly? I headed online to search for more.
Kathy Zucker is an international social media Shorty Award winner, mother of three and a startup founder at companies including the Metro Moms Network®.