I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard the phrase ‘double trouble’ while out shopping with the Twinadoes. Then I’d be able to afford to buy the girls new shoes every month, that is if I could find two pairs in the same damn size! It is not my girls that are the trouble, it is finding anything in double that drives me nuts!
Yesterday the kids and I hiked into the suburbs for a bit of retail therapy. There were a few things that I needed to buy before we go on holidays in a few weeks time. Things that should have been pretty easy to find, but that is never the case for me.
Our first stop was a big baby store where we bought the girls new booster seats. It all seemed to go so well, a little too well perhaps? We walked in, we looked at a couple, chose one that fitted and wasn’t too expensive and paid for them. It wasn’t until I was fiddling around with them installing them in the Big White Van that I noticed that one of the seats (which had been the floor stock one) had a crack in the head rest foam. So back in we go to explain the problem.
“No problem” the sales lady says “I’ll just go and get you another one”.
She disappears out the back and seems to be gone a very long time. When she returns she is empty handed.
“I’m sorry” she says “We don’t have any more in stock…. do you really need two???”
Umm hello? Take a look lady – Do you see these here, these dragging on my arms whining for sushi… do you see these TWO small children…
“Yes I need two” I say “will you be getting any more in in the next few weeks?”
Off she goes and organises another to be delivered sometime next week and off we go with one devastated child who can’t understand why she doesn’t get a new seat as well.
We eat sushi and drink milkshakes and feel somewhat better about the car seat fiasco. We head off to Target to look for some shoes. The girls spy a pair of shoes with rainbow hearts on them. Amazingly they are shoes I would actually agree to buy them. In fact they are perfect in so many ways. They are Dunlop Volleys, slip on runners so they are practical and should last. They are not pink (a HUGE bonus to get Izzy to agree to anything un-pink) and don’t have some atrocious pattern or sparkles on them, they simple have a pattern of repeating rainbow hearts. They are even the right size, plus, they are on sale, 20% off.
“Yes! For sure you can have these shoes!” I say, excited that for a change the three of us all agree whole heartedly on a potential purchase. Then I look around, searching for the rows of heart shoes to find a second pair in size 9. Nope… not another heart shoe in the place. You have to be kidding me!
I accost an unsuspecting sales girl who happens to be unpacking a box of shoes that say ‘Dunlop’ on the side of them and ask her if there are any more.
“We only have what you see” she says.
“Are you sure?” I ask in desperation seeing more of the same shoes but in boyish prints, thinking perhaps the girly prints were hidden somewhere else.
“We only have these here” pointing to the boy prints “there are lots there”
“Yes” I say ” but I need another pair like this, exactly the same, in size 9″
“Why do you need two pairs the same?” She asks, looking at me like I am some kind of maniac.
Hello! People! Do you not see the two very similar looking children at my side who are currently fighting over who is going to get the coveted pair of heart shoes?????????
We tried several other shops for shoes, the only other pair we all agreed one, once again didn’t have two pairs in the right size. The very helpful sales lady suggested that I could buy one pair in the bigger size. What and just choose who wears the too big pair of shoes? Or maybe they should both wear one shoe that fits and one that is too big??? I know she was just trying to be helpful, and at least this time she figured out for herself why I was after two pairs of the same shoes, but by that stage I was already in a ‘double trouble funk’ and the next person who made some stupid twin comment was going to cop and ear-full no matter if she was a nice old lady!
Why? WHY? Why?
Why is it that we can walk through the shopping centre minding our own business and have a hundred total strangers stop us to ask “Are they twins?” or say “oooh Double Trouble!” but when I make a very reasonable request for two of the same items no one seems to notice that I might need two of the same thing because I have twins.. they all just think I am nuts!
Why? WHY? Why can we never find two of the same item in the same size? Why is there never two pairs of jeans in size 4? There is fifteen pairs in size 3 and eight pairs in size 5 but only on one pair in the size we need? Why are we doomed to find something we all agree on buying only to find that there isn’t a second one in the known universe???? WHY?
If anyone in Melbourne happens to go to a Target store that has two pairs of Dunlop Volleys in size 9 with rainbow heart prints, can you please let me know.