Shopping vs. Root Canal

0 comments Posted on December 13, 2017

Dianne Barkerby Dianne Barker

I noticed that my husband’s house shoes were worn out, after who-knows-how-many years, and made a note on my Christmas shopping list.

Striving always to be like the diligent and thrifty Proverbs 31 wife, I found a pair of brand-name shoes, regular price $36, for $17.99. A $10 coupon dropped the price to $7.99. I brought them home for James to try. They didn’t fit.

I exchanged them, but the second pair didn’t fit. I bought a pair at another store. Didn’t fit. Returning to the first store, I found another style—same deal, $36 shoes for $7.99. Didn’t fit.

“You’re going shopping with me,” I said. “I’m not bringing home anymore shoes.”

HouseshoesMy hubby is an amazing man, but a shopper he is not. The last time he visited the mall was five years ago.

“There’s nothing wrong with my shoes,” he muttered as we hunted for a parking space.

After trying on a dozen pairs, he found one that fit—$36 shoes for $7.99.

On our way home, I patted his knee. “Wasn’t that fun! Going to the mall, trying on shoes…”

I-Don't-Chase-Garbage-TrucksJames said sweetly, “I’d ‘bout as soon have a root canal.”

Next time, I’ll schedule a dentist appointment for him and give him a choice. 😉

Do you enjoy shopping with someone or prefer going alone?

Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the best-selling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. She’s a member of Christian Authors Network, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and Christian Women in Media Association. Visit


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