In Other Words — Shopping

4D665479-6077-43F0-9E8F-0C038A45F228I can’t remember the last time I was in a department store.

Or a clothing store, a shoe store, a hardware store, a furniture store, a book store, a jewelry store, a toy store.

Because I do all of my shopping online.

Well, except for groceries.

I do my grocery shopping at a grocery store.


In other wordsThis post was written for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the word “shopping.”

Turning Red

636D8873-B024-4850-9A28-A3C7D8B17DEBI wasn’t actually paying attention to my wife when she came home from shopping at the department store and was showing me all the things she bought at the cosmetics counter. I know it’s not nice to ignore your spouse when she’s talking to you. But seriously, cosmetics? You feel me, right?

But then, out of the corner of my eye I saw her pull something out of her shopping bag and I heard her say the word “blush.” Blush? She bought a cosmetics product called “blush”?

“Did you say ‘blush’?” I asked.

“Yes, blush,” she answered.

“Why would you buy blush? You have always been so self-conscious about how your skin turns red all the time because you blush so easily and so often,” I said. “So why would you buy something to put on your face to make it looking like you’re blushing?”

Her face turned a bright red as she started blushing. “Because, silly,” she said, “I don’t like it when I blush. If putting blush on my face makes it look like I’m blushing all the time, no one will be able to tell when I’m actually blushing, which means I won’t be embarrassed when I blush.”

“Honey, that makes no sense,” I said.

“But you shave your face every morning,” she said, “so no one can tell that you’ve got a beard.”

“But I don’t have a beard,” I said.

“Yes, that’s because you shave every morning. Same with me wearing blush. No one will know.”

“You know,” I said, “I think you make more sense when I ignore what you’re saying.”


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “blush.”