My oldest granddaughter, Hannah, turned thirteen Friday. When I realized I had never taken her shopping I invited her to go with me yesterday. (You need to know my mother-in-law has always bought all my grandchildren more clothes than should be owned by any one child BUT she will only buy from Belks.....now that the children are older they want more popular clothes.)
We had fun going to all the "in" stores at our local mall (local as in Florence). I had given her a respectable budget which she used wisely. We shopped at Old Navy, Anthropologie, Charlotte Russe, Carolina Moon, Bath and Body, and a few more. Without exception the clothes are cheap imports from third world countries. This is probably fine for tweens and teens who won't wear them more than a season but I did not see one thing I would buy for myself.
When we got home, Hannah decided she wanted to make her Mom a present. She decided to make her a heart shaped pillow using the sewing machine. Then she decided to sew on buttons to spell the word LOVE. The fabric she picked was black with white squiggles so she raided my button box and found enough white buttons for L V & E and red buttons for the O. She had never sewn on a button so it was an investment in time and effort to sew on 20 buttons so that they spelled the letters but she got it done.
We had here birthday dinner here last night. Unfortunately my camera battery was dead :( so no pic of the birthday girl or her pillow :(
DO you remember turning 13 or 16 and what you did to celebrate?