Gotta love a doctor's office that is literally in the middle of the world-renown shopping district, Orchard Road. :) After my appointment yesterday, I walked around Paragon (where his office is located) and then across the street to Ngee Ann City. I walked in the doors, and there it was.... Tiffany's.
Every time I see a Tiffany's sign or store I always think about the pretzel (as you may recall in my way earlier blog post.) I've been pining for it for as long as it's probably been released.
I walked in. First display. Charms. I see the pretzel. My pretzel.
The sales lady comes over and asks if she could help. Um.... no, just looking, thanks. I briefly walk around the store and back to the counter on the way out. I stop. I asked her if I could look at it. She unlocks the case and pulls it out. Asks if it would be for a bracelet or necklace. Um... necklace, I say. She puts it on the chain and then on me. All the while, asking about my day, etc. And I told her I was in Singapore for medical, just finishing things off in KL, and on my way home to Balik. Just chit chat. She was friendly.
And then I looked up in the mirror and saw it. My pretzel. How far I've come since I got that stupid tattoo when I was 18. And I realized that I just had the last of 4 surgeries to get me to where I am today. I am... done. I'm healthy (pending whack coccyx) in body, mind, and spirit.
I said I'd take it (last one in stock, she says!). I didn't even ask her the price. Frankly, it didn't matter. It represents closure. Priceless.
I walked over to the register area where she was getting information so I could claim back GST at the airport and I glanced down into another case. The lady stopped as suddenly as I stopped, as she must have realized the crazy look on my face.
I asked her if I could look at that bracelet. Yes, that one with the infinity sign. She put it on me. I swear I nearly started to cry. I said I would take that, too. (I love you, infinity, I win....). I miss my girls everyday.
She asked whether to box the items or if I wanted to wear them out. I asked to wear the bracelet, but to box the charm and necklace. (Is is crazy that I wanted the whole package?!?! I wanted to experience the undoing of the white ribbon?!?!). She tied the bow just right on the perfect little blue box. Then she put it in the bag along with the extra box for my bracelet. I paid and left the store, never feeling quite so happy.
Hmmm, maybe there's something to retail therapy after all! ;) I will treasure these items, as there are no better representations about my journey and where I am today. Closure. It feels good! I will wear these pieces and be proud of who I am and how far I've come. A perfect ending!