It’s Christmas time, so I’ve spent a lot of time in the mall. This year has been especially fun because I have enjoyed the company of my 2 teenage daughters. They even got up and came with me on Black Friday. I thought for sure I’d scare them off with a 4 am departure time, but they were up for it and even seemed excited by the prospect of being out shopping at a time any sane person would be home sleeping in bed! It was a lot of fun and they brought a new energy to the ghastly early morning hour. I loved having them along! As we shopped, and I was continually looking for which way this one went or where that one took off to, it occurred to me that shopping with teenage girls is a bit like herding cats! I may have an idea of where I’d like to go, but they’ve got a mind of their own! There’s just no containing them! Have you ever seen a cat chase a flashlight on a dark wall? That’s pretty much what watching my teenage girls shop a Hollister store looks like. Have you ever watched a cat pounce on a kitty toy, or follow a dangling string? Oh yes, just like them in the accessory aisle of Charlotte Russe, or the Tee Shirt tables at Aeropostale! Like cats they can squeeze past any obstacle, like for instance, their shopping bag laden mother. They have extremely keen eyes, and can be very finicky, “I don’t know why, I just like this one better…” and have highly selective hearing, “Yes, dear, but that one is twice the price!” And where new shoes are concerned? They always seem to land on their feet! Yep, I tell you it’s just like herding cats!