photo of bunny slippers car
My slippers are not this big and they don’t have ears, but they are slippers. When I was growing up, going further in your slippers than the curb for the paper was a sign of seriously slipping standards.
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So, TWICE recently I drove to McD’s for my bacon-cheese-biscuit breakfast wearing my slippers. Twice in like, two days. (If you’re also worried about my health, don’t be. Tests came back great. Hubs is SO bitter, but that’s a different blog post. Maybe.)

As I waited for the light, I found myself wondering what other things I’ve done that I vowed I’d never, ever do.

Before I answer my own question, let me state, for the record, that the slippers in question did not have ears or eyes and were not remotely bunny-like. But they were slippers. The fact that my feet were cold and I didn’t want to bare them for socks didn’t remove the sense I’d been unusually lazy, even by my standards (which mostly involves waiting until I absolutely have to do it, then finding the easiest way to do it).

I probably had a long list of (judgmental) things I vowed I wouldn’t do when I was young and didn’t understand what it would be like to the age I am right now. I’m not sure I remember all of them, though, because I got older.

So here’s my short list of things I can remember vowing never to do, but have done:

  • let myself go, and the corollary: let my hair go gray
  • go out without makeup or brushing my hair (kind of like letting myself go, I suppose)
  • give up on high heels
  • wear pants that are more comfortable than sassy
  • say, “when I was a kid” or “back in my day”
  • get old (Yeah, I think I thought I could control this one…)

If hadn’t done that last, I’d probably remember more, but yeah…

photo of crapper car
I can promise you that I will never, ever do this. Ever. Except in my nightmares, which I can’t help. Oh, sorry. TMI, right? Okay, moving on…
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Did You Say You’d Never Do That? Oops.

10 thoughts on “Did You Say You’d Never Do That? Oops.

  • May 9, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Last year I was at Walmart when I looked down and realized I was wearing my slippers. So embarrasing! (They’re moccasins, so it wasn’t too obvious, but still….)

    • May 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Okay, you have all made me feel better. Thank you. I think, in some ways, it is getting easier. Or I am just forgetting more. LOL

  • May 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I will never, ever have short hair. As a child, my mom kept mine short to save time getting all of ready for school, church, etc. Now, I have a phobia about it.

    I also said I would never go out in public without makeup. I’ve done it once with sunglasses and only through a drive-thru for Whataburger.

    So far, I’ve held true but some days I want to tear my thin hair out because it won’t do anything. And, the bigger sunglasses get, the more tempting it will be to go without makeup more often. We’ll see. 🙂

    • May 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      I totally get the short hair thing! I used to have to get perms as a kid. Oh my! In some ways, now is a lot easier, as the rules fall off. 🙂

  • May 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Yours is a comprehensive list, Pauline, and like you, I have lived to not only say what I would never say but do things that even in my youth I could not imagine. While I enjoy gray hair and going without makeup, there is just a bit of me that misses those days when makeup still made a difference. Makeup is probably the biggest one for me. As always, I enjoyed the post.

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    • May 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      I also miss those days when makeup made a difference — and wish I’d appreciated my youth, etc at that time. They say youth is wasted on the young and they may be right… LOL Thanks!

  • May 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Everything I ever vowed never to do I have done. Here’s a short list:
    Never let my kids run around in just a t-shirt and diaper, or worse, just a diaper. With 8 kids, things slipped. A lot.
    Never make and wear a Starfleet uniform – I own at least two that are mine, plus we have a family picture of all of us in uniform. And I work in a center dedicated to interactive Star Trek stories.
    Never make to-order dinners for my kids – that one went out the window with food allergies. I don’t have much of a choice about making special meals now.
    As far as not wearing make-up, I haven’t worn it in years because I’m allergic. Heels went out years ago with pregnancies and babies and a hubby barely taller than me. Dressing up? If it isn’t wash-n-wear, it isn’t in my closet.
    Driving around in slippers? I’ve taken my kids to school in my pjs. I didn’t get out of the car, though. Driving around in a port-a-potty? Not even in my nightmares. At least not yet.
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    • May 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Oh my! More memories bubbling up out of the ooze that is my brain. LOL I have not yet worn a Star Fleet uniform, but I have dressed up in steampunk. So, yeah. Never say never. LOL

      We’ll all try to stay out of the moving port-o-potty. Yeah.
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  • May 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I love my silver hair. I wear it long and straight, pinned on top of my head with the edges sticking out. You may think it’s uncool at your age, but when you get to be over 70, dying hair isn’t important. I concentrate instead on writing daily blogs and writing novels. I guess it depends on your priorities. And … don’t worry about your slippers. 😉
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    • May 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      I am finding that my definition of what is cool has changed a lot since I was a heedless youngster. LOL I think your hair sounds lovely and I’m actually enjoying the gray appearing as I move into my grandma mode (which is awesome!). And you’re right, it is about priorities. I need to focus and sometimes that means wearing the slippers out. It just made me smile, because when I looked more sassy, I hid it more and now that everything is melting, I’m like, whatever. LOL And thanks for saying “at your age…” cause for a minute I almost felt young. LOL

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