a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, April 25, 2015

To Learn Patience

you must be tried.  It helps a little to have egg on your face or a foot in your mouth. Thus begins my tale.

During the excitement of the annual Junior/Senior Prom most guys have to rent a tuxedo.  We just don't have many occasions for them.  However on a night when young ladies gather in gorgeous dresses and are looking for a dance partner, you rent a tux.

Tux ordered, measurements taken, tried on...jacket too long.  So the sweet (clueless) helper proceeded to explain to a sensitive grandson that he's legs are too short, not that the jacket style is longer this year, not that they may have made a mistake, but only that his legs were too short!  And this was after I had to call them to see if the suit was in...I was told my phone was out of order.  I don't think so, ma'am, I politely said when I called.  Is it in?  Yes.  Okay, A will pick it up.  Originally the suit was to have arrived in time for any needed alterations.  Now we're a few days from the event.
A brings the tux home and tells me about the conversation...his legs are too short.

It was sad and when a grandson is sad a grandmother gets mad.

I proceeded to go on line and in a proper pretentious way I named each clerk, their behavior,  their aforementioned promises and even the price of the rental. I added for good measure I would never darken their door again.  No reply but I had gotten it out of my system.

Imagine my shame when I arrived to return the tux today and I had contacted the wrong store!!!!  Egg and foot!  So I decided since I had already been ugly, I would not try that again...lesson learned...maybe.

I returned the suit and asked for a receipt to say they had received the suit.  The young well-mannered gentleman did not know what to do.  No one had ever asked that before.  I said, Just sign your name on a piece of paper and I will have proof you've received the suit.  He asked the Supreme Lady behind the desk the question and she rolled her eyes!!!!!!  This lady was at least fifty and that is way beyond eye rolling age in my book.  I don't care how old you are, eye rolling in my neck of the woods is a challenge to a duel.  My family knows that.  As I was telling my story my daughter said, Oh, no, the lady rolled her eyes!!! I surprised everyone by taking my receipt from the wonderfully mannered clerk and leaving without a word.

It rained all prom night but it didn't dampen the spirits of those attending.  Every one had a great time.  Blowing wind, lots of rain, A had escorted his date inside and then parked his truck.
Not bad for a guy whose legs are too short.

19 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oops on you! :)

i do like how handsome your grandson is and his date is a beauty!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Ah well we all make mistakes! What a handsome couple! :)

1st Man said...

Sorry about all the drama leading up to it but I bet they had a blast. And yes, what a wonderful couple, he is handsome and she is beautiful.

Love the eye-rolling comment, I feel the same way. ;-)

Susan Kane said...

chances for a decent eye roll are mighty slim at my age...I have lasar eyes instead.

Handsome young man, lovely lady w/ Very firm muscle tone.

Sandy said...

Gail,

Legs. are. short. what???? They could have altered the jacket to fit A properly. Looking at the pictures A and his girlfriend look really nice and I'm sure they had a wonderful time at the prom. As for the eye rolling old bat, I would have dueled it out with her :PPP

Ida said...

That was funny - I hate it when people roll their eyes. Especially a store clerk.

Your grandsone looks very handsome and what a lovely date he had for the prom.

Mary said...

Glad it all turned out well. Your grandson and his date make a very attractive couple.

Lowcarb team member said...

Even Grandmother's make mistakes ...

But so glad all turned out well. Your grandson looks handsome, and his date looks beautiful. I'm sure they had a lovely evening.

All the best Jan

Saucy Kodz said...

Aah, so you are the master of eye-rolling in your neck of the woods - apparently, you never met my Mother. ha,ha Even throughout all that happened, A and his date look really swell. A is a handsome young man and his young lady is just beautiful. This story made me laugh and go "aah". I also learned something new. Junior/Senior prom together - that's kinda neat. Congratulate A for me - he sure does look handsome and I do believe he has some of his grandmother in his face. lol HGZ to M :)

Saucy Kodz said...

ooops, forgot to mention, thanks for the photos in my mailbox. Sure was a nice surprise.

Delores said...

Yup...there's something about an 'eye roll' that just stiffens your spine.

Sandra said...

Andrew looks so handsome and she if beautiful and i love the dress... ROFL on the eye rolling thing... can't stop grinning over blasting the wrong store. but now the right store doesn't know.. that is really bad about the legs to short... and so not true... they look like they had a great time


PS wish i had looked like than in highschool

Linda Wildenstein said...

Awwww yes, I've been at that particular intersection myself.....foot and mouth. Your grandson looks so handsome and his legs look just fine to me........cute date

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

They looked wonderful together. I am glad that everyone had a nice ensemble to wear. And that it all turned out well. These are the memories we want to have: the feel-good ones.

Gwen said...

He's adorable She's a knock out. His sleeves are too long. I would've ripped them a new one myself. LOL

Arkansas Patti said...

Never thought about how guys are short changed with apparel at Prom time and have to wear other people's clothes. Nothing new and shiny for the guys like the girls get.
Ha, loved the idea of a duel. What a really adorable couple. They looked marvelous.

Lynne said...

Loved your story!
Just loved it . . .
The oops . . . saving face . . . all nine yards!
Who would tell someone their legs are too short . . . .
He looks smashing good in his tux with a pretty gal by his side!
Making another phone call, huh?
No eye rolls from me . , .

A Quiet Corner said...

Customer service is getting harder and harder to find...the eye rolling irks me to no end! Great pix of the young man with short legs...:)JP

LindaG said...

Ah. *hugs* ♥

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