The Suitcase Lady


December 6, 2011, 9:09 pm

My daughter is the universal woman. How did this state of affairs come to be?

Granted, our daughter is a woman of varied talents. Her first career was in hotel and restaurant management. She can feed 500 people and be nonplussed. This career ended on the way to the hospital when she was in labor with her second daughter. The owner of the B&B and restaurant that she managed repeatedly called her en route to the hospital with work issues. Clearly, when you can’t have time off to deliver a baby, a new career is called for.

Managing big box stores seemed more promising. The hours are brutal, but the behemoths do close for a few hours each night making a wee break possible.While managing Gap and Marshall Fields stores, our daughter became the universal woman, and it happened every Christmas Eve.

“The real desperate shoppers come in on Christmas Eve Day,” our daughter notes. “They have left everything for the last possible moment and don’t care what presents they buy. Anything stuffed into a box will do.”

With eyes glazed over, these last minute shoppers, mostly men, would ask our daughter for suggestions.

“What size does your lady wear?” she would ask.

“Why,’ the answer would come with lightning speed,”she’s your size.”

How amazing that our little girl grew up to be the universal woman.

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