It seems like eons since I set foot inside the store Hot Topic, but I decided to go because I wanted some new earrings that were a bit different. Now before you picture me as some goth-loving mama, rest assured. I just wanted earrings, not a lifestyle change.
So I headed to the dreaded mall, which makes me anxious. I hate the mall, but Hot Topic is only in the mall so what’s a girl supposed to do? I go into the store and I’m looking at their jewelry and turns out, I’m not in the mood for skulls and crossbones in my ears, never mind the Hello Kitty earrings which seem a touch out-of-place. Then I start to look around….
And I realize that maybe I’ve outgrown my forays into this store. I used to buy t-shirts here all the time. The Johnny Cash t-shirt I bought my husband years ago, I purchased at this store. And suddenly I feel like a fish out of water. An old fish.
And then the point gets hammered home…
As I am looking around and starting to find my way towards the exit, I spot this mom in the store with her two teenage daughters. The girls, who couldn’t have been more than 14 or 15, were going around the store picking up various items and giggling. Apparently the girls were there just for shock value, not to really buy anything.
Anyways, I glance up at this mom, and right when I did, this loud death metal song came on over the speakers. And I saw her wince. And I felt myself wince along with her. Then I thought “Oh, no!” I empathized with a mom over the loud music! A grown-up! No, this can’t be happening! I’m supposed to be like “Yeah, loud music! Woo-hoo!” But that’s not what happened…
When did I grow up? Why didn’t anybody tell me?
I suddenly felt very old in Hot Topic that day. I wanted to be the one running around and giggling in the store. Instead, I realized that I am now a grown-up.
And I don’t like loud death metal music.