Perhaps when the outlets are packed with shoppers you might find some life energy, but today the entire area, from parking lots to shops with literally acres of clothing of all sizes, shapes, colors and uses, was depressing through and through. In one mega store there must have been a ratio of 1:6. I customer (me) to six employees, who were chatting together about their lives while keeping an eye on my white gloves. I never would steal a thing. Believe me. Nothing on those racks is worth taking. Prices were slashed and then “Take 30% off lowest price!” They were practically willing to pay me to take away something that nobody wanted!
I know that I’m sounding more cynical that I really am. To be honest, I did find a blouse worth buying, I’m sure I’ll go back to the outlets some day, and yes, it was depressing. I thought of all those jackets, and then I thought of all the people out of work in this country! And what about the folks in Japan who are told not to drink the tap water but who can’t obtain a bottle of water?
For someone who day after day has been sitting in silence, appreciating solitude, and trying to lead a simple life, my response to today’s fieldtrip to the outlets doesn’t surprise me one bit. I realize that one of the prices I pay for this cottage by the sea is that I don’t spend very much money.