Shopping for Truth


It’s been a day. A very good, very long day. At the moment, I’m enjoying my 11th day in Wichita. This morning, my mom, sisters and I hosted my other sister, Kelsey’s, first baby shower. She was buried in pink gifts and Pooh Bears by excited friends and family.

I feel like I turned around twice and all of a sudden, it’s nearly 5 o’clock. After everyone left, chairs were stored and dished racked, I went to the mall to see if I could exploit a sale at Express.  No such luck.  I hate shopping alone. However, the mall is rich fodder for a blog about lies.

The first lie assaulted me in the form of a 12×6 banner, strung to the ceiling as I entered the main body of the mall. “SmartLipo” it screamed. Really? Admittedly, you’re pretty smart if you know that “laser” stands for, “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” However, the emotions that lead a woman to consider laser surgery to extricate part of her body often include depression, self-loathing and embarrassment.

“Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes,” is smart, according to Health At Every Size, a movement of individuals devoted to promoting health and contentment in people of every size.

My second double take occurred just one window further into the mall. A flirty mannequin waving from Forever21, strutted a t-shirt declaring “Jesus [hearts] U.” Not a lie, but the greatest truth ever told. I simply find it ironic to hear the overhead music bragging about “dirty little freaks.” Because Jesus loves us, shouldn’t we be more concerned with His honor?

Lastly, since I only lasted at the mall for about 25 minutes (I told you I hate shopping alone) was a the phrase on one t-shirt among many at a stand in the middle of the isle. “I Beat Anorexia.” Well, good for you, but seriously – this is serious.

Statistically, 10-25% of all those battling anorexia will die. If you beat it, do something to help someone else win a loosing battle.

2 thoughts on “Shopping for Truth

  1. “Because Jesus loves us, shouldn’t we be more concerned with His honor?”

    I agree, entirely. There is nothing wrong with “Jesus” being “in..” but if that means lowering the standard, poking fun at and belittling the whole, the import, the awe of the Christian message — forget about it. I’d rather it be considered uncool, old-school and outdated.

    I also have a short capacity for the shopping mall. Just.. walking past pin-ups, enlarged photos and posters of naked (or almost, naked) women disturbs me. Especially when my husband is with me. This world is run by immoral, money- and power-hungry jerks.

    Aun Aqui

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