I know I can’t be the only person with this problem, but I hate buying undergarments where there are a lot of men around because it makes them uncomfortable thus making me uncomfortable. So for the past 2 years I’ve avoided buying new undergarments at a store, Amazon has been my friend but Amazon can get expensive so I finally got the nerve to march myself down to the Exchange and do it. It’s outings like these that make me miss stores like Victoria’s Secret or even any other store where no one is likely to know you and men are typically banished to the mens sections with registers far away from where the women are. I can walk into these stores with no fear and no need to look around for someone my husband works with.
Okinawa is a small community, men in uniform everywhere and there is always the possibility that there will be someone you know that works with your husband. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run into someone he knows at checkout so I was going in there knowing that I would have to be on the lookout, as I didn’t want the awkward feeling of my husbands friends looking at my panties.
I gathered my undergarments and gave a look around… The coast was clear! And I went straight for the female cashier. I might have bought a little too much (it’s been a while and they were on clearance!) because my bra’s got tangled and the cashier nervously struggled to detangle them. Then walks up a man in uniform behind me. Great. Just great. He takes one look and turns his head away, I can almost see him wanting to walk away and pay somewhere else but instead he does everything he can to look away. He knows he’s stuck! Sometimes I find this funny how uncomfortable this makes men when faced with a woman purchasing undergarments. So, I tried to play it cool… “Yep, buddy you’re the one with the problem”… Then the unthinkable happened…
The cashier in her flustered state of trying to detangle my undergarments slings my bra over the register and in agonizing slow motion it lands on the Airman’s boot. All my fears realized in this moment!! The Airman froze, completely froze. His eyes widened and panic was rising, I could feel the tension. Then finally after what seemed like an eternity I said, “please, I’ll get it” and there was a collective sigh of relief. The now mortified cashier started apologizing repeatedly. And then I started to laugh… nervously. The whole situation was completely ridiculous. It’s the little things that women brave so that our husbands can serve. 🙂 I can’t wait to go home and have a “safe” haven for buying undergarments. For those of you spouses that aren’t abroad, don’t take those for granted! 😉