Well. Looks Like I Will Never Be Able To Enter A Gymboree Store Again. Ever.

Today, I prayed the ground would split open and swallow me whole.

Today, I prayed Jesus would come back and take me off the face of the earth.

Today, I prayed aliens would abduct me.

Anything … ANYTHING to get me out of the Gymboree store I was in.

It wasn’t the fact I was about to spend too much money on “First Day Of School Outfits” that had my face flushed beet-red as I scrambled to hide behind racks of tot-sized clothing.

No, I was begging for mercy because, as I casually chatted with the Little Lady over accessories, I just happened to look up . . . and see my son trying on underwear.

Not just any underwear . . . he was trying on this:

And not in any size even remotely close to his own . . . no, Mr. Boy found THE largest pair in the entire store.

And, my sweet, sweet, sweet son didn’t simply pull them on over his clothing.

(if only)

No, Mr. Boy TRIED. THEM. ON.

There he was, in the middle of the store — smack dab in front of the registers.  Naked as a Jay Bird . . . shoes, socks, shorts, and Buzz Lightyear underwear strewn about the floor beneath him.

The baggy, large red puppy dog under-roos were swinging about him like a kilt, with the waist-band directly under his arm-pits.

“Mommy!  I tryin’ on unner-wear!  Can I get ’em?”

OH, MY WORD!  NOOOOOOOOO“, I loudly (dear, Lord, why was I so loud?) exclaimed, dropping the bracelets and bows from my hands and racing over to grab my unbelievable child.

I couldn’t move quickly enough.  I was in slow motion, hurdling over the baby’s stroller, dodging strange small children, my arms flailing out to capture my child before he lost the hold he had on the underwear and made the situation even worse.

I snatched Mr. Boy, bending over quickly to grab his discarded clothing, and ran to the back wall of the store, hunkering down behind dainty little girl clothing.

YOU DON’T TRY ON UNDERWEAR!  NO, NO, NO, NO.“, I hissed, glancing around to see if anyone noticed me fumbling in my rushed attempt to completely redress my child.

Then, as if nothing had happened and nothing was amiss, I stood up.  Pretending with all my might to be calm, cool and collected.

And I quickly threw the baggy red undies to the bottom of a dress rack.

There is no shame in disposing of evidence.


  1. Ashley - Embracing Beauty says

    That is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time!! Thank you for brightening my day! :)

  2. says

    Mom WIN because these things happen and it’s all about being awesome enough to handle it casually, at least on the outside. You totally rocked it!

  3. says

    Let me tell you, I hollered reading this post. I love your son! If I was in the store… I would be screaming with laughter as I am now. I’m so glad you grabbed him before anyone could take his picture and have him all over the Internet… THat was truly an American Funnies Home/Store video entry…. Sorry for the laughter but I can’t help it!

  4. says

    Hahaha! I am totally laughing WITH you! I think I would’ve had to take a photo if one of my kids did something like that when they were little! Super cute undies though!

  5. says

    Oh my I should not laugh, I should not laugh, I should not laugh. If I say it enough will it be ok….Nope sorry I had to giggle. I have two boys and I understand, though never having experienced that.

    But any mom within viewing range all understood.

  6. says

    You will laugh about this some day… I promise. The image your painted is hilarious, so forgive me for laughing now. :)

  7. says

    OMG, I’m dying. They have to have experienced this before…it is a kids’ clothing store! But I hear you, I think I would be totally mortified too!

  8. says

    OMGosh I’m laughing!! Sorry!

    But I can possibly help to alleviate some of your humiliation by this little story.

    We were in Lowes looking for a bathtub for our new house. My 2.5 year old son who was wearing pull-ups just learning to potty train, saw a toilet on display. Next thing we know we hear people laughing…my son decided to take a pee in the middle of Lowes, in a display toilet.

  9. says

    I don’t mean to laugh at your shame, but I definitely just about shot my drink through my nose. I can only imagine how red your face was, but at least you got a story for future girlfriends!

  10. Heidi Fluegel says

    Oh this makes me giggle. You are hilarious. This is totally something Eric would do.

  11. says

    I’m trying not to laugh but failing. I have 2 boys and no doubts I will be in your position at some point in the very near future. I have a special bottle of wine waiting for me to drink that moment away…