Yesterday my friend Rosy and I went to the Mesilla Valley Mall. Now as far as malls go this place can’t compare to the MALL in San Jose, California where I moved from or the MALLS in Jersey City, New Jersey where Rosy is from. By the way Rosy lived across the bridge (yes, that bridge) from New York City, the city of stores, MALLS and SHOPPING!. I am so sorry to say that the Messilla Valley Mall can’t hold a candle to San Jose’s two-story MALL with its 100s of stores and certainly shows no comparison at all to the shopping one has available in Jersey City and New York City. The Mesilla Valley Mall is a shadow of the San Jose MALL and just a speck compared to what is found in New York City.
On my first visit to our Mesilla Valley Mall I kept looking for the second story. No second story was to be found. After meeting Rosy and her boyfriend Glenn I found out that they also looked for a second story and found none. I guess you can take the person out of California or New Jersey but you can’t take the California or New Jersey MALLS out of the person.
Rosy and I both know that local Cruceans just think their mall is terrific. Rosy and I think it leaves a lot to be desired, but, we still go there and check out the stores. Though neither of us can really call it a mall we are grateful it is here, especially on these very hot summer days when the mall provides us a cooling place to hang out. Besides, since there IS no downtown in Las Cruces to speak of (I will be saying more about NO downtown in a future post) Rosy and I have no choice but to go to the Mesilla Valley Mall when we get an urge to go shopping and to spend time where the temperature is cooler.
There we were taking our typical stroll through the mall when Rosy decided she wanted to stop in a hair salon to see about getting a conditioning treatment for her curly hair. As we walked toward the salon we were stopped by a kiosk person who was giving out hair straightening treatments for free as long as you were willing to hear a speal about their $300.00 hair straightener. Actually, the young woman definitely caught our attention and Rosy said yes. For 20 minutes she was treated to not only a hair straightening treatment, the iron the young woman used conditioned Rosy’s hair as well. As I stood watching Rosy enjoying the treatment I was marveling at what happened. Rosy and I were walking toward a salon where she would probably end up spending a lot of her hard-earned money on a conditioning treatment when this young woman appeared out of nowhere to offer Rosy not only a hair straightening treatment but a conditioning treatment along with a relaxing time, all for free. The Universe had definitely given Rosy a wonderful gift. I could see how Rosy showed her gratitude by accepting this gift. I had the opportunity to see all of this happen right in front of me and Rosy and I had the blessing of sharing this beautiful experience with each other. We continued walking through the mall and shared quite a conversation about this blessing. I shared with Rosy my perspective and she shared with me her perspective as we talked about the way the Universe opens up to our needs when we are open to receive what the Universe gifts us.
I thank the Universe for the gift I have received of Rosy and Glenn’s friendship.