I registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond a few nights ago.
I took Becca with me. (Jason was working and probably didn't feel bad about not being there...and Becca is an expert at all things kitchen.)
We were directed to a counter where we were greeted by a young girl. She was helping another couple and asked us to wait...which we did, patiently.
After a few minutes she looked from me to Becca and asked, "Ummm...so you're getting married?"
(Inside I cracked up because I knew what she was thinking...but seriously, we're in Utah County...)
I smiled and said, "I am."
Her look relaxed and she said, "Oh. So where is your fiance? Doesn't he want to help with this?"
I replied, "Probably not really. He's working and I'm sure he's fine about missing out on this experience."
She said, "Are you sure? Well, he can go online and see what you've registered for...just to make sure he's okay with it."
I didn't say anything. In my wisdom I've learned to keep my mouth shut at times.
She turned back to the other couple (the really young couple) and started gushing...really. Gushing.
"So how did you meet? How long have you dated? When are you getting married? Where are you going to live? You're just so cute together..."
I turned to Becca and asked, "Is it just me or do you feel old?" She felt old too...which is a good thing considering we're the same age.
I filled out the paperwork and then waited while the young girl finished asking her questions to the couple.
"Now, before we can get you started I just need to show you a few things in this book. We'll have you look at the dishes and the luggage and pick out what you need."
The young couple said, "Oh! We need dishes!" I smiled and said, "It's okay, I already have dishes."
"Oh...you do? Well...okay...well, then let me get you a scanner and you'll be ready to start."
I turned to Becca and said, "I still feel old."
I felt even older when the young girl handed me the scanner and said, "Here you go ma'am."
In fact, she called me ma'am three times during our encounter.
I shook it off and said, "Let's do some scanning Bec."
And scan we did. It was entertaining...and it was made very clear to me that I have expensive tastes. Several times Becca said, "Don't scan that. It's too much money." And I said something like, "But Becca, we need to dream big. If we don't get it, we don't get it. But what if we do get it?!!" (I registered for a hand held Dison vacuum.) Like I told Becca, you've got to dream big.
One time I pointed something out to Becca and said, "Do you like this?" She did. I scanned it and told her if I got it, it was hers. I think she liked that idea.
When we finished I suggested we go to Pier 1. Pier 1 is one of my favorite stores and I wanted to register for some dishes I love. Guess what, they don't have a wedding registry at Pier 1. Sigh.
We went to drown my sorrows at Barnes and Noble. Barnes and Noble is my other favorite store. I bought 2 books and felt better.
To end our date we ate strawberry custard and watched American Idol. As she was leaving I wanted to say, "Thank you ma'am, come again."
But I didn't...