For me, shopping is probably one of the least desirable parts of being a single parent dad. It’s a rare occasion when I enjoy shopping but I did yesterday.
Little Brother has been pestering the tar out of me to take him over to Atlanta and visit the Bass Pro Shop. So, I finally took a day off and we spent it shopping together. The boy needed some new shoes, shorts and shirts anyhow. The Bass Pro Shop is not far from the Mall of Georgia. I decided we could kill two birds with one stone. Since he likes clothes shopping about half as much as I do, I figured a promise to follow up clothes shopping with a visit to Bass Pro would work in my favor. The kid will spend six hours shopping for rods, reels and lures but after thirty minuets or so looking for shoes or other clothing related items, he’s toast.
Considering the fact he wont even think about putting on a pair of jeans until almost December, new shorts are the order of the day when back-to-school shopping for Matt. Things went pretty well with our trip to the mall. We successfully acquired several pairs of shorts and the shoes he needed. After a few hours I could see I was loosing him so we hit the food court for a quick bite and then made the short drive over to the Bass Pro Shop.
The place sells everything from bait to luggage so I decided to see if I could persuade him to try on some shirts while he was there. I also agreed to let him roam a bit on his own while I looked around for a few things for myself. I gave him about thirty minutes and then went looking for him. Surprisingly, when I found him, he had an armful of tee shirts and a couple of ball caps. Other than one of them being the wrong size, he did pretty well. So with that accomplished I released him to head over to the fishing gear. While he salivated over fishing gear with glazed eyes, I found a bench and made a couple of phone calls.
On the ride back home we both agreed that the trip had been a successful one. Matt said he was glad that we were able to get his back-to-school shopping out of the way. However, he said, “you know you might be a redneck if you do your back-to-school shopping at the Bass Pro Shop!” With a chuckle, I agreed…