Monday, April 19, 2010

DON'T MIND ME...I'M JUST A MANNEQUIN!

GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA
MAXMOM here...

Hello there to all my readers!
I truly hope that this weekend is going to be a wonderful one for you all!

---xXx---

Have you ever been privy to an incident that stopped you in your tracks and left you agasp?

Well I witnessed just one of those moments this weekend when, for a moment,  I was not sure if I should take the incident seriously or succumb and laugh my head off.

My husband and I had opted for some 'retail therapy' yesterday morning.
It was one of those sedate shopping expeditions where one has no agenda except to simply take some time to window shop and enjoy the company of your partner.

Well, 'the Boss' and I were about to board an escallator in a clothing store, when we noticed a neatly dressed women in front of us, in the company of two young children. She was chatting happily to them as we all took our turn at boarding the escallator to the next shopping level.

As the mother and her children reached the top of the escallator ahead of us she seemed to instantly freeze.  There, a little distance in front of us all was a half-dressd mannequin, which was flaunting itself in a pair of jeans. A scarf hung around its neck and I presume the decorator's plan was to cover its two exposed breasts.  Well, the scarf had slipped aside and the woman in front of us found herself face to face with a set of dainty plastic boobs.

Without a second thought she gasped,

"Oh, my G*D!",

...and then rushed up to the mannequin, leaving her two youngsters rooted to their spot. 

I watched, with great amusement, as the women hastily and desperately tried to reallign the scarf on the mannequin so that what she deemed 'un-see-ables' would no longer be exposed.
It didn't take long before she had completed her task and straightened herself up. She primly turned around on her high heels and walked back to her startled children.

"That's better!" she uttered, clearly pleased with herself.



I was so amused by the incident that I later went back to the shop to take a photograph to share with you.

I am sure that this time there were others watching me with similar amusement.

"Strange tourist!" ..I heard them whisper,
whilst I stood there taking pictures of the half-dressed mannequin!

How do you respond to this incident?
I'd love to hear!

Have an awesome day and lotsaluv

13 comments:

Scout 'n Freyja said...

I don't know how I'd react to the naked plastic lady but I DO know that each of my sons' wives would have reacted just like the young mother that was in the company of her children. Both Cindy and Becky are very modest and very Christian so covering up the mannequin would just be a given for them. Me? Heck, I would have laughed, not at the mother but at the whole situation and yes, I would have taken a photo, too☺ Life is full of sweet times that bring us to smile and giggle - aren't they fun?

mimi

Heather and Ellie said...

Ha ha! That's hilarious! I've never seen a naked mannequin lady here....but I'm guessing it's happened before.
I love your blog--It really makes me laugh!

Priscilla said...

BOL! That's HILARIOUS!

KB said...

That sounds hysterical, and like quite an over-reaction by the Mom. I think that I would have laughed and laughed.

I do wonder what people thought of you taking photos of a mannequin. That was funny too :)

Madi and Mom said...

Now that was exactly the retail therapy you needed a good old fashion belly laugh.
As for the mom's response...I tried to imagine what I would have done 35 years ago if faced with the same problem. Oh my stars that has been so long ago. I just don't know but today I would have just laughed or possibly thought the window dresser had gone back to get a blouse...it was just a mannequin...
Madi and Mom

Jacqueline said...

I think anyone who is offended by a naked mannequin has severe issues!!...I wouldn't have thought a thing of it except maybe it was funny.

houndstooth said...

I'd have just cracked up laughing! I teach PreK and their stage of development is what's called "potty humor" where farting, burping and naked butts are the funniest thing imaginable. I can imagine it possible that one of her children could have said or done something that could have been pretty funny or embarrassing. I can still remember being in the Field Museum in Chicago as a kid with my younger sister. We were there and it was almost closing time. As we walked out behind my dad, who was walking much faster than we could hope to keep up with, we went around a corner and there was a naked statue of a man. This woman turned and looked both ways before tentatively reaching out to touch the male statue in a rather sensitive area. My sister just broke out laughing. Every time I see a naked mannequin, I think back to that incident!

Mrs. JP said...

Well, first of all I'd pray that I didn't have a full bladder because I'd be bent over laughing and trying not to pee on myself.
That is too funny!! I'm so glad you had your camera.

Ms. ~K said...

Oh My Goodness,
What an awkward sight indeed!
~K

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I think I would have laughed about it too- and laughed the rest of the day- just thinking about it.
The funniest part was the womans reaction.
That is a very funny story.
Thank you for the smiles
love
tweedles

ocmist said...

Her reaction would have cracked me up too! And I can just imagine the people watching you take pictures... The things we do for our blogs!!!:) LOL

TK said...

As much as I agree that the woman's over-reaction is humorous. I think it's also a little sad.

I'm all for modesty, when appropriate, but think of the message this woman is giving to her small childern. What will be the consequences of her actions?

Maybe I am over-reacting but how do you teach tolerance when everything around you must be subjected to your judgement and corrected to your standards?

I know the world will not end soon, for God promised that in the end it would "Be good"; and as a species, we have such a long way to go.

TK's mom

Deborah said...

Hi,
I would have "flipped out" as my kids would say. Being from New England, we (or should I say I'm) are VERY modest and things like that would bother me, never mind if I had young children with me. Now that the kids are older, they are the ones that would have been embarrassed. Trust me, they would have been!
That was a good!
xxoo
Deborah