I’ve been meaning to go in for a while. The ever-changing array of colorful children’s toys, strollers and the like that line the sidewalk in front of the store have been calling me for some time. But i’m always hurrying from one place to another when I drive down that particular stretch of road. And it’s just the kind of place that’s hard to turn in to on a whim: busy street, no off-street parking, and i can never remember exactly where on that stretch of road it is. But today I finally made it.
I found two pairs of shoes for a total of $5: cute little white sneakers, velcro-close with pink piping, and plum-colored leather Mary Janes with thick rubber no-skid soles. Just what Bella needs to round out her fall wardrobe! We’d got a whole bunch of clothes from her cousin Theresa who’s a year older; but Bella evidently has big feet because they’re wearing the same sized shoes. We’ve been making do with her sandals because we’re having an unseasonably warm October; but any day now the weather could change.
As I was checking out, I spied a cute little Raggedy Ann doll grinning at me from a shelf crowded with dolls and stuffed animals. I love Raggedy Ann as one of my childhood’s dear companions. “How much is she?” I asked. One dollar got her off the shelf and into the bag with the shoes. I handed her to Bella when I got to the car and she was promptly snatched and hugged. I think we have another winner.