We didn't need to return the champagne. Two sips, done and yum!
I'm going to tell you a little secret: I've never ever made a New Year's
Resolution. There! The cat's out of the bag. Why? Every positive change I've
made in my life happened because of slow, steady, hard work. Not after three
glasses of champagne at 12:01 on Jan. 1st. You might say I do "Reverse Resolutions".
There are a few other things I like to do "in reverse" and that includes
shopping! Yup! This time of year is all about "reverse shopping". Every year
after the Holidays are over, I put my precious packages under my arm, and trudge
to the mall through snow, hail, and threat of 40mph winds, just like the postman
used to do. Lately I've seen them driving around in their nifty mail trucks.
It's blooming lovely.
Many years ago, you couldn't return anything without a good excuse. That was
before stores like Costco and Walmart came on the scene and began to implement
their return policies, then all the chi-chi stores followed suit. And so every
January begins the "reverse shopping" trips: the Christmas lights that didn't
light. The flickering battery candles that didn't flicker, the blingy jeans
screaming bling, too much, even for this sassy Brooklyn blonde. This year Tom
returned three bouquets of flowers that had already started to wilt before he
even got home! I did manage to salvage a few surviving blooms.
To all of you I say, Happy New Year and remember, you don't need a new year to
make a positive change. But you do need your receipt, well, even Costco
appreciates the receipt, but it's not required like Walmart, to return all the
new stuff that didn't work, broke down, or doesn't fit.
Gail Ingis Claus
is an author,
artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable
will be released in the spring 2018.. Her current historical
romance, Indigo Sky
purchased on amazon
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