Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pay it Forward - Saree Shopping

"This saree is so beautiful", said the mother, after discretely checking the price-tag.

"But I only like that one", insisted the daughter.
"That wouldn't suit you", said the mother.
"You are only saying that because it is more expensive", argued the girl.
"That too", admitted the mother. "If I buy that, there would be no money left for accessories."

Privately, I agreed with the mother- the colour would not flatter the daughter. But I also knew the girl would only look good in a saree she loved.

"Come back tomorrow", I suggested. "Some of these sarees will be on sale."

drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

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Michele Emrath said...

I love this. Sometimes supporting a child's choice is the strongest statement we can make. Beautiful.

And I haven't checked out Pay it Forward at your other blog yet...Heading there now!

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L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'd love to have a dress like that!!!

Mary said...

Mothers, daughters and budgets are the same the world over.
Colorful picture.

Clarissa Draper said...

You make a horrible sales person! Well, I do to. I can't even sell things at a garage sale. Love the pay it forward series.


Tina said...

I so agree with the statement that if you really like something, you'll look good in it. Self-confidence is our best accessory. Great drabble!

slommler said...

Wonderful story! I agree with Tina...self confidence is our best accessory!!

Jules said...

Sounds like you have diplomat experience. :D Thank you for the well wishes concerning my father. If you have more problems receiving my blog in your reader please let me know.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jemi Fraser said...

Good suggestion :) It's nice when you can help!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Forcing her to choose one she didn't like wouldn't work anyway.

Jan Morrison said...

oh this put me right back to my own teen shopping experiences with my mother. argghh! Dang you're good.
Jan Morrison

The Old Silly said...

What a delightful Drabble! Interesting literary form, sort of a Haiku of prose. Nicely done, Rayna. :)

Marvin D Wilson

Theres just life said...

I worked in retail for years, so I can relate to this. It is so true.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Michele- it is, isn't it? Time enough for them to gradually learn what suits them and what doesn't.

@ Diane- and it would look fantastic on you.

@ Mary- they are, aren't they? Thank god, I have only boys

@ Clarissa- that I do. This was a work of fiction, but I would be worse.

@ Tina- it is, isn't it? Only, I call it a perfume

@ SueAnn- it is, isn't it?

@ Jules- I wish!!! I am perhaps the most undiplomatic person ever created.

@ Jemi- it is.

@ Alex- but so many mothers choose not to see that

@ Jan- and mine too. Though to her eternal credit, my mother was always forcing me to buy something more my age, and I would veer towards the older clothes

@ Marvin - than you- now you have made me blush

@ Theres just life- universal, isn't it?

dipali said...

Lovely thought!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Thank you, Dipali


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