Retail Therapy

“Sometimes I need
only to stand
wherever I am
to be blessed.”
Mary Oliver, Evidence: Poems


I went into town today to meet a friend for coffee.  Unfortunately for me but fortunately for her, she had promised to take her grandson to the movies, so it was a very short meeting.  After she left, I had another coffee and thought about what I would do until my driver picked me up one hour later.

So here I was out on my own for the first time in 12 weeks.  It seemed like some retail therapy was called for.  I made it to only one department store almost opposite where we had coffee, but I felt pleased with myself for trying this.

I bought some tights, some makeup and a new perfume.  So al in all a good use of an unexpected free hour.  And to finish off,  while I waited for the driver, I bought some handmade chocolates from the chocolate shop.

Then home again with my caring and careful driver.  I’m so lucky that I have access to these women in Driving Miss Daisy.  They are all in their 50s and 60s and really look after me.

A quick lunch and then onto the bed for a nanny nap.

Another milestone reached and overcome.







28 responses to “Retail Therapy

  1. How lovely for you. That little bit of independence has got to feel great.
    Enjoy your chocolate reward!


  2. Good for you, Judith. The opportunity presented itself and you took it. Small steps lead to bigger ones and your confidence will grow. The chocolates were a very good idea!


  3. Good for you, Judith. Small steps lead to bigger ones and your confidence will grow. The chocolates were a good idea!


  4. I’m full of admiration for you, Judith. Well done! What a blessing that organisation is, And what lovely ladies they must be.


  5. Good going my friend! An unplanned step toward healing, successfully accomplished.


  6. Retail therapy is the best! Good for you. One step at a time….. xo


  7. I am so happy for you Judith! A whole hour on your own for shopping therapy is so gratifying. And you have me craving those hand dipped chocolates! 🙂


  8. Shopping for a little make-up is great therapy! At 80 my sister lives alone and depends on a van from the senior center to take her to doctors’ appointments, shopping and other errands. It is a blessing for her and it helps her keep her independence. One of her favorite drivers is a Black man and he jokes about “driving Miss Daisy.” They are indeed wonderful people! I am so glad that you have found temporary assistance! We do have we have to as we get older!


    • Thanks Jo Nell. Looking forward to being able to drive to gain my independence. But meantime I’m enjoying the new friends I’ve made in Driving Miss Daist.


  9. I vaguely remember when going for a nap seemed like a punishment… How things have changed. I now keep going as long as I can, and when the time eventually arrives, a nap feels like a reward. 😊


  10. Sounds like a lovely afternoon; coffee with a friend, out on your own shopping, a ride home, and a nap. And chocolate! Good to hear you are feeling stronger and healthier.


  11. I’m glad you were able to make the most of that unexpected hour. What a blessing to have someone to drive you and look after you well.


  12. Yay, for you!!! Love from your Big Sister.


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  14. What a lovely day filled with sunny accomplishment. Thanks for sharing this memory!


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