a couple posts back i mentioned that when i get overly embarrassed for someone i have to hide my face in shame cos i can't bear to watch the poor wretch make a fool of himself... yeh, that happened the other day, except i was the poor wretch, and i physically had to hang my head, squeeze my eyes shut in shame and say, "erin, you are an ignoramous."
while on my daily walk with foxman, i decided to stop into a neighborhood baby boutique i'd seen before. the shop's windows displayed some unique, fashion-forward little outfits, and i wanted a closer look. the place was practically empty except for the three sales associates, ready to pounce on anyone looking in their general direction. i entered. they swarmed. and my social anxiety really flares up in instances like this here in mexico because my spanish, although improving, is still no bueno, so how do i politely get away?? i don't.
so i was captive, led around by a woman showing me baby jeans, coats, sleepers, and all i could say back to her each time was, "si, muy bonito." but the prices were totally not bonito... within the first 30 seconds of entering the boutique i caught a glance at the cost of a shirt and jeans combo, for an infant, at 60% off, and the ensemble cost more than a pair of jimmy choos. so i was in way over my head, feeling trapped and growing guilty that all this chick's hard sellin' spent on me would go for not.
i mentally flipped through my short list of spanish vocabulary and somehow managed to ask the sales associate doting on me if she had any "sombreros?" surely, i thought, they'll have a little beanie on sale, and i can just buy the thing and get outta here. oh they had a cute little beanie, priced to move at 80 USD. right.
this is the point where i started looking for an opportunity to just make a break for it, and luckily the opportunity presented itself when my new bff took her eye off me for a second to help with a display. i moved for the door but felt a bit guilty for skulking off like i was, so i kindly waved to her and said, "muchas gracias!" she looked up to see me leaving; smiled, waved, and blabbered something nice to me in spanish. wanting to be nice in return but not thinking fast enough to get the right spanish phrase out in time, i blurted out, "de nada!" and immediately realized that i'd just yelled out, "thank you very much! you are welcome!," all in the same breath. erin, you idiot! my face went 30 shades of red before i quickly turned the corner and hid in another store just so i could privately contemplate my own stupidity endure the wave of embarrassment pounding over me.
needless to say, i'm not going back to the cute baby boutique. ever. but if any of my friends down here in mexico decide they want to go take a peek at the adorable-yet-overpriced collections, will you please keep an eye out for my dumb pride when you go? pretty sure i left it there.
unrelated topic: thanks to matt, fox is going to be a luchador for halloween this year: