Me, My Mom, and the Sex Store 

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Think about that. Her sons considered their mother to be so feeble that if she disappeared for more than 45 minutes it meant she was either dead or in trouble. Meanwhile, she's out buying her weight in sex toys. Amazing.

Our shopping bags have "The Pleasure Chest" written in huge letters on the side, so people will often ask for a more discreet bag. Sometimes, it's a young person who doesn't want their parents to know where they've been shopping, but more often, the request is made by folks around our parents' age, who don't want their kids to know.

As an adult, it can be tough to navigate a relationship with your folks if don't have anything in common with them. As I may have already mentioned, because a part of an episode of Sex & the City was filmed in our store, we're a stop on the SATC tour. There's a large number of mother and daughter teams that go on it, who are all obviously attempting to bond.

Generally, the moms aren't embarrassed to be in a sex toy store with their offspring but their daughters stand around looking seasick.

Once, an older lady started cracking jokes about the tour while I was ringing up her purchases (she'd bought gum and some penis shaped straws). She was pretty funny, but her daughter seemed a little uptight and was clearly humiliated. She told her mom to hurry it up.

The mom, without missing a beat said, "She's just upset because she's thirty and this is her first time in a sex store. And she's with her mom. Don't be mad at me, dear, because you don't have a boyfriend or friends." The daughter screamed, "FML!" with her eyes and fled the store.

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