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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Day 25 - A Heart-wrenching Tale

I was having a laugh with a friend after school today and explaining that I had enjoyed my day off with my husband.  We went out for lunch and did some shopping without anyone whining, complaining, or begging.  It was glorious!  I also shared a rather personal story with her about something exciting that happened. 

Now, this is the point where I will say, I wasn't NOT going to write this story, much less publish it for the world to read.  However, we had a good laugh over the story and she insisted that I write about it today.  So, I will write about it, but here are my disclaimers:

1.  If you don't want to read a personal story where I share too much information, stop reading now.
2.  If you are a man, stop reading now.  I promise, you will not understand.

Alright, if you decided to hang in there, you deserve to hear my story.  It's really quite sad, heart-wrenching even, but I will tell you upfront that there is a happy ending.

There I was, in the middle of teaching a guided reading group and I moved just right (or maybe just wrong).  I heard it.  That dreaded snapping sound that could only mean one thing.

Yep, my underwire broke.  I moved, it obviously didn't like it, and it quit.  Broke in two. 

It was my very favorite bra and I don't say that lightly.  I'm not that girl that has 59 bras in my dresser drawers.  I have a hard time finding a bra that both fits correctly and is comfortable.  You know what I mean?  Straps that dig into the shoulders?  Underwire that pinches?  It's awful!  It is a VERY RARE day that I find a bra that I like, and when I do I always buy two.

I found this particular bra at a store in an outlet mall that I don't often visit because it's more than an hour away from my home.  It's a once per year type shopping trip that usually involves school clothes shopping, so you can image when I found this bra and liked it, I snapped up two immediately.  They aren't anything fancy, they were plain, basic colors, but they were so comfortable!

Anyway, there I was, elbow deep in the guided reading group and I heard the almighty snap.  I knew what it was.  I didn't have to check.  I didn't need to feel the poke to know what had happened.  The sound was enough to send me spiraling into sadness.  I knew that when I got home at the end of the day I would have to part with her.  It was a sad day indeed, even my husband knew it was my favorite and felt bad for me.

Two days later, bra number one still a painful memory, I arrived at daycare to pick my daughter up at the end of the day.  She came running over with her arms held high and wanting to be picked up.  I bent over to scoop up my little lady and...SNAP! 

It was that sound again.  Are you kidding me?  I could not believe it!  The second bra!  Broken!  Just like that!  It was like the bras had a certain number of wears, I hit that number, they broke, job over!  Two bras purchased on the same day, died within two days of each other.  It was heart-wrenching!

Now what was I supposed to do?  I looked at all the stores in my town, the closest big city, and then another.  I still couldn't find a replacement.  I could find the correct brand but not the correct style.  It was awful.

Then I take a day off with the hubs and one of our stops was Kohl's.  I had gone into the dressing room to try on an outfit I had picked out and my husband took off for the men's department.  As I began to walk over to find him, I meandered through the children's section...I always have to check out those 70% off racks, right?  Next, I came to lingerie and I knew men's was just on the other side so I cut through the racks hoping for a short cut.

Guess what my purse strap caught on?  YES!  I literally got caught on a hanger of the exact bra I had been looking for!  Crazy, I know!  Not only did they have the bra, they had my size AND they had it in pretty colors!   I snatched up two immediately!  And then, like a gift from the heavens, my eyes landed on the sign above the rack.  It really wouldn't have mattered if they were $50 apiece, I would still have purchased two.  However, they were one sale!  Buy one, get one half off! 

It was amazing!  I heard angels singing and everything!  It was a shopping trip that was meant to be.

And that, my friends, is the bra story that had my friend laughing today.

I hope it gave you a laugh too!  :)


  1. yes- I laughed. And your voice comes through so clearly in your slice.

  2. I feel like some kind of bra-gods were with you! (Bwhahahahaha!) This is great, and I'm so happy for you.

  3. This is AWESOME! Thank you for taking me into your guided reading group, and then to the daycare, and then into Kohl's lingerie section! I'm so glad you found exactly what you were looking for, and even better since by happenstance. In my town we have a store called Barbara's New Beginnings -- I know about this because friends rave about their professional bra fitters, etc. Maybe you could find a store like this too? Good luck with the newbies!! :)

  4. This has happened to me so I know it's not funny. But it is funny! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Yes, I was laughing and thanking Betsy for pushing you to tell your story. Who knew that bras had an expiration date? Better mark your calendar and have a spare ready. :-)

  6. Thank you for keeping us abreast of your situation! I really enjoyed the post!

  7. I love this! Very funny... This is definitely something all women can identify with. Reminds me of a story I might put into a slice...

  8. Thank you for that light hearted, gut busting post. I needed that after the days I have been having!
    I liked how your bra just reached out and grabbed you! You were meant to be together. :)

  9. Oh my...this was funny...at least you found replacements...well, sounds like they found you. I love how your purse strap got caught and pulled you back. Jackie http://familytrove.blogspot.com/

  10. A great story! One I bet you will be telling for many years!

  11. What a fun slice! My favorite line: "The sound was enough to send me spiraling into sadness." I was hoping the bras you found would be on sale...hooray!

  12. Thanks for this. Were you lopsided until you got home?
    A good bra is hard to find! I also enjoy a bargain. Could you be growing for some reason?

  13. Thanks, Robin, you are a good friend to let Betsy talk you into telling the story to the world! I don't have the follow-up problem story, but this did happen once at school & I had to ask a 'female' colleague to help me duct tape it so I wouldn't be poked all the rest of the day. I connect with this story very well. (Lucky you at Kohl's!)

  14. So funny! I guess we know why they were at the Outlets…bummer! So happy you found a replacement, bra shopping is a CHALLENGE!
    I had a similar experience only I removed the wire (at school) because it was poking me! My friend saw me in with the wire and inquired about my treasure, I told her about the sadness of the broken wire and the pain of the poke. She informed me this is a pain she'd never know…she didn't need wires! Well, I lost track of the wire and then at Christmas she gave me a homemade Christmas card where she incorporated the wire into the the sleigh on the card! What a laugh we had!

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  16. That is a hilarious story! I would have purchased at least 5 after that experience.

  17. Hahahahaha! This is hilarious! I once had a strap pop during a lesson, but never the underwire. Wow! I love, "elbow deep in the guided reading group and I heard the almighty snap" Just perfect. Ever try Spanx bras? Amazing. Just saying. Great slice!

  18. Loved it. The bras both died at the same time. Well told.