We're back! Time for one quick story before I start laundry.
I was quite proud of the secondhand wardrobe I cobbled together for this trip. In a dusty junk store, I unearthed a wide pair of Elefanten leather sandals for my son--only 50 cents. Comfortable and cute, he wore them everywhere.
One day we took the grandmothers shopping at a chi-chi mall in South Florida, where a mother and grandmother stopped me in a cafe.
"Where did you get your son's shoes? Who makes those sandals?" they exclaimed.
Unsure of the brand's pronunciation, I said, "Well, they're European. I'm not sure exactly where you can find them."
"Oh, yes," the grandmother sighed, rolling her eyes dramatically. "We are SO limited in what we can get here."
My eyes wandered along the galleria's Saks, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus signs. I thought to myself, "Lady, if you only knew...."