Valentine's Day this year afforded me the opportunity to do something I'd never done before: buy lingerie for my wife. In fact, I'd never bought lingerie for any of the women in my life. So venturing out to Victoria's Secret for something lovely and lacy for the special woman in my life was something I'd wanted to do for a long time, but never had a chance to do before.
I did my best to make sure that I had my homework done prior to making the trip.
I did not want to be one of those "oh, she's about your size" husbands seen in movies and television. I had a card from Victoria's Secret that Mrs. Geek had given me way back when with her measurements on it. I made sure to note her dress size when she mentioned it last. I even managed to copy down some more recent measurements she had taken.
Still, the store felt like unfamiliar territory and that made me a little self conscious. Would a man shopping for lingerie by himself look odd? I didn't think so... but it was all rather new to me.
I decided to take a self effacing approach. I browsed around for a bit, just to see what was available. Once I found something that I thought Mrs. Geek would like and make her look great, I asked a clerk about sizing. I prefaced my question with "Hi. I'm yet another of the clueless husbands who is here to buy something for his wife..." That got a smile from the clerk, and she was very helpful.
I think the whole thing turned out well. Mrs. Geek seemed to like what I got her.
I'll have to find a reason to get her something else... once Victoria's Secret get away from Valentine's Day colors; everything was either red, pink, or black.
on 2005-02-14 at 1:53 p.m.
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