Kelly’s Shopping Trip

Kelly was claustrophobic.

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Of course, she didn’t know that. She didn’t even know what claustrophobic meant.

Not-very-blissfully unaware, she simply avoided the subway, most alleyways, rooms without two exits, corners, small grocery stores, compact cars, buses, airplanes, and -for her entire life- the game of Hide and Seek.

It was when Kelly mentioned how even seeing skinny jeans made her hyperventilate that a sales clerk clued her in. “Skinny jeans make everyone short of breath,” he explained, “Especially those wearing them.”

Kelly smiled in relief, purchased a muumuu, and walked the five miles home to her open floor plan house. She felt happy.

ยฉ2021 Chel Owens

28 thoughts on “Kelly’s Shopping Trip

  1. I’m just here to say “muumuu.” ๐Ÿ˜Ž More seriously, I do feel for those who have claustrophobia. I occasionally had an uncomfortable feeling when surrounded by many children. Nothing too severe but enough to notice.

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