Scene: phone conversation- she is visiting America, I'm in Toronto.
Mutti: Hey giraffe, guess what, I found a pair of pants down here! They have a belt of some sort attached, and you know how belts rarely work on me, but these look great on, and only cost $18, so I decided to pick them up.
(concept of mother buying clothing is very exciting for me, so I try to respond with tremendous enthusiasm)
Moi: Oooh. That's great! I can't wait to see them. You know, you can always get pants that cost more than $18. I mean it is worth it if you are going to wear them a lot right?
(I should note that my mother is not cheap in the slightest- she just doesn't see the point in spending money on clothing)
Mutti: Hmmm. Yes, but why would you? I mean, no one needs clothing that costs more than $20. It's silly really.
Moi: Uhhh. (Deciding now is not the time to propose using her credit card to purchase items in the online saks sale.)
Mutti: ...anyway, it is time to cull my closet a little. You know how I try to maintain an "in-out" system. (this means that if something comes into her closet, something must go out. She owns roughly 8 items of clothing in total. All of her worldy possessions could fit in a cardboard box.).
Moi (with utmost affection): Yes, I know you psycho anti-materialist.
Mutti: [Laughs] I got something that you will be excited about though- sport socks! Tons of them. Black ones and white ones, and expensive ones with special padding for running.
Moi: Delightful. Mum, couldn't you bring back stuff like... oh, I don't know, YSL booties, a Vanessa Bruno dress.... SOMETHING overpriced and fabulous that I can't wear to the gym?
Mutti: Just you wait, you're going to be begging to steal some of these sport socks.
Moi: Uh huh.
Mutti: Sometimes I wonder how I ended up with a fashionista daughter.
Moi: Je ne sais pas.
Mutti: Mais, je t'aime.
Moi: Je t'aime aussi. Though you are fashionably hopeless.
Mutti: Thank God!
My mum and her beloved cow in India. Needless to say, designer clothes weren't a big part of my upbringing :) She is an expert though on the salwar kameez.