Posted 08-06-2003 at 15:30:04
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School clothes shopping at Tractor Supply. Jake wanted Justin boots, 120.00 a pair. I just stared.
"Fine, I don't know who you think you live with, but go ahead and get them, just know that you will be wearing last years shirts and jeans and judgin' by the amount of ankle shinin' you better buy some long socks."
I had sudden visions of kids calling him Jethro Bodine.
"At least you'll be able to really show off those new boots." I giggled at him.
"Aww....mom! Everybody wears Justins."
Whine, whine, and whine some more.
"Look, your school clothes budget is $150.00. Not a penny more. Get your boots and see how far the rest of it will take you on clothes." I said. I wasn't going to argue with him.
Fifteen minutes later.
"How much will tax be on the boots?" He asked, his fingers spread wide, countin'.
"Better plan on at least eight bucks."
"This is impossible." He said.
"I figured that, you just had to see for yourself."
I led him to a pair of Woverines that, having the ability to do math, I had calculated would be about twenty two dollars with 70% off the sticker price. He ended up with the Wolverine boots, three pairs of Wrangler jeans, four Wrangler t-shirts, four long sleeved Bit and Bridle dress shirts, a Wrangler belt, and God bless me, six pairs of Wrangler socks. I didn't even know there was such a thing.
"Now aren't you glad you didn't blow your whole budget on one pair of butt ugly boots." And they were too, yuck!
"Yeah, I guess. But they weren't ugly, the Wolverines are ugly."
"Well look at it this way, you can hide 'em under those nice new wrangler jeans that will actually cover your big hairy ankles."
$148.67. Dang I'm good.