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November 29, 2013

[friday]: A Black Friday birthday present

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The first time, I had just turned 17. I was growing from awkward teenager to awkward young adult. And I wanted a pair of boots for my birthday.

Not just any boots, mind you. A nice pair of black, knee-high, round-toed boots. The kind you’d never wear near a pile of snow. I was maturing out of the phase of sledding and snow angels, or so I thought. (I know better now. You’re never too old to make snow angels.)

Every time I mentioned these fashionable boots to my mother, she called them “go-go” boots and started singing and dancing: “These boots are made for walkin’, and that’s what I’m gonna do.” My mother has a song for every occasion, and sometimes her memory of the lyrics is questionable.

I had my heart set on these “go-go” boots. For the first time in my life, I started poring over Black Friday ads. And there they were: The perfect boots at a price my mother agreed to spend for my birthday present!

There was just one catch: They were on sale only on the morning of Black Friday.

My mother is less of a Black Friday shopper than I am. She’ll go to Walmart at midnight to avoid the crowds. In July.

So we compromised. She’d buy my boots – if I stood in line for the cash register.

To my delight, the store still had a pair in my size late the morning of Black Friday. I didn’t care that the check-out line wrapped halfway back to the household linens section, only stopping about when it reached the shoe section. I HAD MY BOOTS.

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