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Trip to the MALL

August 14th, 2016 at 05:02 pm

F and I went to Albuquerque today to get her a dress for our good friend's wedding.

We found the perfect dress at H&M - bright green, not lacy, not revealing, just a cute sleeveless dress with a flared skirt. $10!!

We also got a long sweater at the Gap - wedding is October 15, and that is definitely a transition season here. It could be warm still but cold at night. It usually snows in late October/early November.

We had lunch out, too, and it was fun hanging out. We played music in the car and sang.

I am not good at malls, however. Or shopping in general. F is like me. We bailed early.

And we did not find ballet flats. Ugh. I am thinking maybe Target? I hesitate asking her friends' parents where they get theirs, because I fear it may be $100 flats from J Crew.

In other news, apparently one of F's best friends is "ready to move on to 7th" and has been since last year, according to her mother. She is reading Sylvia Plath (!!!) and Shakespeare and is ready for more. I had to carefully compose an email back (couldn't just ignore her) where I said something like "oh, aren't they all so different" and that I think F will really benefit from being the oldest grade in the school for a year before she goes to the "big school." What I didn't say: Their school, by the way, is academically excellent. And there are so many new responsibilities and privileges in 6th. Not sure that academics is the only measure of moving on. And not sure that this girl (or any girl that age) should be reading Sylvia Plath.

Sigh.

I hope I'm not a pushy parent.

5 Responses to “Trip to the MALL”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    Do you have a Payless Shoes nearby? I just searched payless.com and found several ballet flats starting at $9.00. Some of them are on sale.

  2. Carol Says:

    So glad you found a dress you both like! As far as skipping grades goes, at that age social maturity counts for a lot. Seventh grade can be a hard one for girls...I wouldn't want to rush it.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Good score on the dress. Hope you find the shoes and they are reasonable. I'm not a big mall fan either. I prefer going to the one or two stores where there is something I think I wanted and leave.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    If I could do things over ... I definitely would NOT have skipped 7th grade. I was already socially awkward, and being the youngest in my class throughout high-school definitely did not help.

  5. Buendia Says:

    This mom isn't wanting her daughter to skip a grade... and it wouldn't be allowed anyway within this school or the next they'll attend. She just wants to complain all year! I feel like she could be doing more to get her daughter excited about 6th... they've got amazing teachers, learning is differentiated so she can read whatever books she wants/do extra reports/move ahead in math/etc. So I'm not sure what the rush is.

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