Portrait of Husband Who Waits for Wife While She Shops in the Shoe Department

How about this department store for ambience?  Hospitality?

Von Maur Department Store in Columbus, Ohio at Polaris Mall.  This is Donald, my son’s father-in-law waiting in a comfortable chair by the fireplace in the shoe department.  I was shopping too and saw him sitting there and had to photograph him in this elegant setting.

A few weeks before, Anna had told me that a Giant Sock Monkey was on sale at Von Maur.  (What’s a grandmother for?)   Making sock monkeys for all the grandchildren had kept me busy but this one was giant.

My sister and I drove out from NYC the day before. Early Friday morning we went and and picked up the Giant Sock Monkey and had taken it to the car as a surprise for later. He’d been in the Customer Service Department where they said they were feeding him bananas daily.  A couple of weeks ago,  I’d called from Pittsburgh and ordered him by phone and asked them to save him for pick up at Easter time. There was a thank you note from the sales associate Taylor attached to the huge package. thanking me for my purchase. The Customer Service at Von Maur is excellent.

Anyway, Anna wanted to show me something in the Children’s Department but when we got to the spot, whatever she wanted to show me was GONE.  Little did she know that the Giant Sock Monkey was already wearing a seat belt in my back seat.  It was a fun day.

Waiting in the Shoe Department

Giant Sock Monkey

12 thoughts on “Portrait of Husband Who Waits for Wife While She Shops in the Shoe Department

  1. I’m so glad that Donald wasn’t required to mind a purse, too.
    Now that’s a great Easter gift and what fun surprising Anna like that. Good one, Ruth!

  2. Great story! Beautiful store! It reminded me of how many husbands I have seen waiting patiently while their spouses are shopping. That would NOT be my husband however. He’s “allergic” to shopping! Thanks for starting my day with a smile!

  3. The best part of the story is when Anna wanted to show you the giant sock monkey and it was gone. Did she give it a name?

  4. That store is quite elegant. At Christmastime, there was a gentlemen there playing a grand piano…. whenever a child walked past he would switch from Christmas music to a children’s song. He made “This Old Man” sound like Beethoven! Marvelous!

  5. A happy childhood memory that will last a lifetime, and become sweeter with each telling. Pure joy

  6. Don is sweet. He goes shopping with me all the time and just sits and waits. He also enjoys going to Von Maur when we travel to Columbus. Anna’s face was priceless when she saw the giant sock monkey in the window.

  7. Reminds me of the Brad Paisley song “Waitin’ On A Woman” and Andy Griffith was in the video for the song. Love the sock monkey!

  8. Elegant waiting area indeed, Ruth. Mr Sock Monkey is huge. I bet he takes a lot of feeding. What a fun day you had. Anna must have been delighted. 🙂

  9. The department store looks more like an upscale personal residence; VERY nice!

    I love the way you surprised Anna – fantastic!

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