Friday, May 18, 2012

Some Things DON'T Change, OR, Glutton for Punishment

So I pranced down the stairs into the kitchen last night to get feedback on my new fuschia SWIMDRESS from Land's End.

Let it be known that I had a nice conversation with the 2 octogenarians I enountered shopping with me in the Land's End section at Sears this year. One pointed out that chocolate brown swimsuits were all over the place a few years ago, but that they were hard to find this year. I noted inwardly that both of these spry ladies had better legs than I do.

But I digress.

When I entered the kitchen last night, Tim, not understanding the SWIM part of swimdress , perhaps while picturing me lunching at Panera in this get-up, said: "That dress looks a little skimpy to me."

Margaret countered, "DAAAAAAAAD, it's a bathing suit"

Then I, the glutton for punishment, arched my eyebrows and used my most professional voice to say what I always do to the kids when presenting a proposal or a new situation: "Questions? Comments? Concerns?"

Margaret's reply, enumerated one-two-three on her wagging fingertips:

"Questions? WHY?"
"Comments? NO!"
"Concerns? Way too many to list!"

I guess I'm glad some things don't change.

46 comments:

The Bipolar Diva said...

oh kids, gotta love 'em. I bet you look wonderful!

ALI said...

Love this!!!

If you read JenX by Jen Lancaster, she has a chapter on the swim dress that really coincides with Margaret's assessment.

Gina said...

Your daughter is freakin' hilarious!!! But, then I know where she gets it!

Renee said...

Love it. This literally made me "LOL".

Recovering Church Lady said...

Haha! Bet you looked great, but you probably do not really NEED the "dress" part of a swimdress, from what I can tell.

Laura said...

Oh my goodness . . . I love your daughter.

Heading to the beach this summer - so I was just trying one of those on today. Ugh. Sadly, I can't find one in 'tea length.' ;-)

Stimey said...

Ah, Margaret. She amuses me.

Mrs Changstein said...

I can't believe it - I'm on line @ LE & I was just trying to decide on a color for a Lands End swimdress!!!

spedhead said...

I may start having to use your format... I love "Questions? Comments? Concerns?" LOL!

Suburban Correspondent said...

I need more than a swimdress at this point. I'm thinking this may be my year of the burqini.

Suburban Correspondent said...

These word verifications are getting out of hand. I've written entire blog posts shorter than what I just had to type out, for heaven's sake.

Elizabeth said...

Love Margaret's sense of humor. She's absolutely right, as well.

Stacy said...

I love Margaret's response! You most certainly have a tween on your hands!

Kim said...

1. Oh
2. My
3. Gracious

That girl is hilarious!!

SouthLakesMom said...

What? No Photo? That would be payback for Miss M!

Seriously, I'm sure you look fabulous and that any darts don't show.

Remember, humor is a gift. Even out of the mouths of our daughters.

The Empress said...

Oh, please no, don't remind me.

TRYING MY HARDEST TO PRETEND swimsuit season is not around the corner.

Anonymous said...

Especially love Kim's comment.

Keeping you in my prayers this weekend.

A Speckled Trout said...

My mom's name is Margaret and she's 83. She just came to town for my daughter's bridal shower and met many of my friends for the first time. Afterwards, a couple of them told me she was the Queen of the One-Liners.

What's in a name? Comedy.....if you happen to be a Margaret.

Mrs. E said...

Margaret reminds me a bit of my daughters. Their honesty only gets more painful! Love the dears!

Lady Jennie said...

Hot pink is all the rage, though the dress part might be best left for the octogenarians. ;-)

And Margaret, you are a gilded treasure - apples of gold in settings of silver. (Pr 25:11)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Way to many to list! I'd like to see that list.

New Mom said...

That is hilarious! Especially the "Why?"

mgh said...

I just love you, Anna. That will NEVER change.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I'm with you on this (I want a swimdress). I suppose I'll have to take your daughter's word as golden, since my boys simply don't want to see me in a swimsuit. At all.

Marinka said...

Hey, where are the photos?! I'll check back tomorrow

Evelyn said...

New to your blog. Your euphemisms and descriptions of grief bring peace to my soul. We lost our son 3 years ago to suicide. Yes, seconds between life and death. Keep being so transparent, it helps those of us in the grief club.

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Meredith Self said...

That is hilarious! Both Tim AND Margaret's responses!

lizzied said...

LOL! Love it. Especially since I broke down today and went to Walmart and bought an old-fat-lady swimdress (floral patterned of course) out of desperation because we had a swim birthday party to go to tonight and I knew there was no way my slightly cooler tankini (with skirt) from last year (or the year before maybe) was going to fit my ever expanding-ness.

Leslie said...

Love this! Nothing like a quick-witted child, though I bet you look lovely. Like mother like child!

Anonymous said...

LOVE. HER.

OSMA said...

1.) Margaret is awesome. Love her responses and while I'm sure the swim dress is very risqué for a bread bowl at Panera, I doubt you and your sleekity sleekness need it for the pool.

2.) There's a Land's End section in Sears?

3.) If it makes you feel better, my mother-in-law has nicer legs in a swimsuit than I do. Awkward.

Beth Zimmerman said...

At least she knew it was a swimsuit!

The computer Master said...

funny

Mandy said...

please write a book. you have such a way with words. x

Jessica said...

Ugh, kids. I love the "you are leaving the house wearing THAT?" look I get from my teen.

Lisa said...

This made me chuckle....loved their responses. :)

Anonymous said...

She is pretty quick, that Margaret.

jbhat

Anonymous said...

yes, get a publisher! your writing, your family's inspiration and Jack's life will reach/help/humor even more people!!!

Princess Kate said...

I just love your family. Stopping by to say I'm thinking about you and praying for peace and comfort.

DawnGes said...

You are a bold women to invite questions, comments and concerns, Anna!

LOVE Margaret's response; her wit is incredible.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious....
Also just wanted you to know I've been thinking of you and praying for you..

Lisa G

kimber said...

Oh dear. So funny. I've vowed never to wear anything with the word "swim" in public. And that goes in my own home, too.
Margaret. Too, too funny.
Love you. So great to hear you laugh with your words.
Hugs.

Salvimom said...

Hilarious!

I don't think you NEED a swimdress Anna, your body is awesome. And kudos to Margaret for her humor (Tim too). Well, you continue to have a blessed day and week, and as ever, prayers, hugs, and love coming your way.

Ury

K A B L O O E Y said...

Anna, if you need a swim dress, then I need to hand out blindfolds to everyone at the beach. Seriously. Besides Margaret's reservations, the other issue I have with swim dresses is the umbrella effect when one's in the water. It's not a good look to see it billowing out in a big circle. Boy shorts -- that's the ticket. (For me, not you. Sheesh.)

PeachPrenni said...

LOL!!! I love a swim-dress; that's all I wear! And I bet it looks fantastic on you--what do they know anyway! :) As long as YOU feel good in it, that's all that matters!!
Annie