Thursday, November 09, 2006

Tea and Pajamas

Tea and pajamas. Those words conjure up cozy thoughts of a warm jammies, a fire, a cuppa hot tea, and a relaxing evening at home. But, this post isn't about that. That would be normal, and I've been observing an unusual trend that I don't understand. Maybe one of Gracious Hospitality blog readers would have more insight in this than I do!

Last even our family stopped by WalMart for a few items. In the Christmas candy aisle, I found this cute little 'tea for one' set and bought it for a birthday gift for someone I know. That's where the tea part comes in. Isn't it cute?

But the pajamas is where I get puzzled. What is it about WalMart that makes women think they can shop in their jammies? Last night we observed a plus-size woman, somewhere in her thirties or forties, shopping for groceries in red, printed, baggy, flannel pajama bottoms with a T-shirt and slippers. And this is not an uncommon sight. Since WalMart first came to town, teen girls have walked the aisle rows in slippers, crop-tops, and pajama bottoms --- and now it appears those closer to middle-age are also adopting this habit. I suppose one could assume that these are the people who have their motor homes parked for the night in the parking lot and they've just made the store an extension of their accommodations, but this would be a false assumption. Last night there were no RV's in the parking lot!

Where are the days when women dressed up in presentable attire to go shopping?


  1. Anonymous3:44 PM

    I totally know what you mean. I myself would not be caught dead in my pj's out in public unless i had no other choice. I think that it is just plain sloppy.

  2. I have seent the same thing at our Wal Marts. The one close to the university is (I guess) a little more understandable as students shop at night a lot and the PJs have more cloth than what some of those girls wear in the daytime. :)

    However, the Wal Mart in the othe town close to us seems to attract women who would look much better in (at least) nice slacks and a big sweatshirt. you ever watch movies from the 1960's and before where they dressed up for everything, even shopping?

  3. Sorry for the typos. I'm typing rather late and I'm a little sleepy.

  4. Brenda, those were the good old days, weren't they! I used to watch "Leave it to Beaver" and wonder who's mom really wore dresses, lipstick, and perfect hair like that at home. But, it was nice. You can be sure I will not be going to WalMart in my jammies!

  5. You are so right, Salina. . .just plain sloppy!

  6. I didn't even see the typo's Brenda. . .and I enjoyed the message.

  7. I understand what you mean. I confess as a child of the 60's I lean a little toward the casual, but my limit is sweat pants and tennis shoes.

    I love blue jeans and prefer hoodies in the winter and a great tshirt in the summer time. Even with those limits set for myself I miss the days when we would get dressed up to see a movie and eat in a restuarant.

    As a society I think we have lost our self respect. Wonder how we could gain it back? How to make attending to our appearance in public a little more important?

  8. Anonymous4:42 AM

    I can't believe this - you mean you didn't just see one person once in slumberwear, this is actually a regular occurence!? I did know a middle-aged woman once who used to walk up the road to get her morning newspaper and pint of milk in pjs, dressing gown and slippers. When challenged she used to say that she was as well, if not better, covered up as any one else. True as that may be, I still couldn't understand why she did it, nor how she managed in wet weather! Perhaps she was starting a trend. . . Oh, and I still like to watch I love Lucy to see what they wore around the home back then.

  9. Anonymous12:33 AM

    We see that too, and see women with shirts too short, tummys HANGING out, protruding.
    I ended up taking Melanie to the hospital in my "jammies" t-shirt and yoga pants. I apologized to a couple of nurses and they laughed, saying my jammies were nicer than what they see some folks dressed in. But I felt so "un-dressed"


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