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.

Β©2021 Chel Owens

28 thoughts on “Kelly’s Shopping Trip

  1. I’m just here to say “muumuu.” 😎 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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