The day after Labour Day is typically the day the kids return to school. Parents across the land rejoice with the return to routine and a new chapter in life begins.
But not for the Toronto District School Board kids. Our kids continue with their summer vacation until Thursday.
Well, technically. My second born has her high school orientation on Wednesday, but only for a couple of hours. Still, it’s something… 🙂
I anticipated that there may be a little bit of anxiety about new things coming so I booked an outing for her and her friend. They had a Marvel Avengers exhibit at Yorkdale Mall, an enormous and very high end shopping center about a 30 minute drive from my south-western Toronto home.
They had something to look forward to and I got to get out of the house.
We arrived at the exhibit with time to spare, so we took some pictures. The girls like Black Widow (and were dismayed that I called her Spiderwoman. Hah.) 😛
While the girls checked out the exhibit, I wandered around the mall in a new dress and pretty shoes. 🙂
I bought that dress on sale a few weeks ago but haven’t had a chance to wear it. So I did today.
I strolled past the Luis Vutton, checked out the Rolexes, thought about popping into the Pottery Barn and the Crate&Barrel but decided not to as it would just depress me, wandered into the H&M (meh) and a lingerie store, remembered I just dropped a huge check at hockey so I left again, and salivated over all the new winter boots in the shoe store windows. (I have enough boots.)
It was such fun (which is weird since I usually hate shopping, even window shopping). I felt really happy just walking around by myself, enjoying a change of scenery, doing something different. I even dared to enter a store I had never entered before. This one:
Yes, I’m sure I’m the only person in the western world who hasn’t stepped foot into a Sephora before. Even my 13 year old daughter had been to this store before… So I went in and I did a tour and gazed at some of the product and then… left without purchasing anything.
When the girls came out of their exhibit, they were hungry. We wandered over to the food court and saw a crowd hanging out by patrolled escalators leading to the upper section where they have now put the food court. (The mall has changed a lot since the last time I’d been there in over 3 years – the food court never used to be upstairs before.)
Why are the escalators patrolled, you ask?
Well it had something to do with crowd control.
Honestly the entire thing left me rather perplexed.
In order to be allowed upstairs, you had to scan this:
The app then notified you with the following message.
Note how the Chick-fil-A is excluded (they were upstairs with the other food options but needed a separate registration). When we got upstairs we saw a lineup of about a dozen physically distanced people waiting in line for this chicken.
Luckily it was well after the usual lunch time and my message arrived rather quickly that we were invited to go upstairs to choose our lunch.
My daughter’s friend wanted a sub, and my daughter and I shared a Japanese Bento box with a bit of sushi and Teriyaki.
Once we got the food we had to wait for a table. There was staff everywhere who was ready to clean everything before you sat down.
It was a bit surreal, the entire thing, but I guess this is the new normal. There is hygiene police everywhere, and arrows leading you this way or that. (No one follows the arrows.) Everyone wears masks and has their phone in hand. No one is without technology, not even little kids. It feels a little Star-Treck-ish…
I’m not a huge fan of being patrolled or controlled or monitored constantly… but let’s not debate this today, and not on my blog either. (I’ll monitor comments and will block those who are going on a rant in either direction. Rant on your blog, not mine. Thanks.)
Point is, we had a really nice time! The girls were all smiles, I was all smiles, and let me tell you… it’s been a long time coming.
It was a fun day!
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