Last weekend I went to New York on a whim because my parents had an extra train ticket. My mom promised shopping and spa treatments; my dad guaranteed delicious food and a Broadway show. Neither of them prepared me for the unexpected emotional scarring that occurred.

I was dragged on a trip down memory lane when my parents decided to visit the very first apartment they lived in together. At first I thought it was sweet that they were reminiscing about the “good old days”, but I lost my appetite when they mentioned that this six-story walk-up was the site of my conception. Gross. But, I guess, thanks guys?

On Saturday night, we went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the west village and finished up early enough to walk around before heading back to the hotel. As we wandered, my parents joked about how disappointed they were that the legendary sex shop that was once a staple of the slightly-seedy neighborhood seemed to have closed down in the last decade.

But wait.

We turned a corner in our quest for a cab and stumbled upon The Pleasure Chest. It couldn’t be… but it was. The mystical sex shop of yore had moved just a few blocks down from its original location. My parents were ecstatic. The sign was unchanged and the employees were as verbally pro-dildo as ever. I hung back, mortified, as my parents giggled and lingered in the doorway.

The salesgirl, interpreting this as a smidgeon of interest, greeted us effusively and practically dragged our little party of three into the store. I stood awkwardly by the entrance wishing my eyeballs would spontaneously combust as my parents meandered through the shop hand-in-hand pointing out giant vibrators and exclaiming over the huge variety of water-based, flavored lubricants (link NSFW – but online shopping encouraged!).

Curiosity got the best of them, I suppose, because a moment later I watched as my mom eagerly squirted one of the tester lubes onto her hand. Maybe she wanted to see if she could differentiate between “slick” and “very, very slick”? My dad of course saw this as an opportunity to give her a hand massage in the middle of the store, and I decided it was time to hightail it out of there.

Let me know if you need anything,” the salesgirl called to me on my way out.

Just one lobotomy, please. That will be all.

6 thoughts on “Sex Shop and the City”

  1. You writing here is very good. On another note, which I am sure you know is that your parents have a past before being “parents.” It is not gross that you were conceived in that apartment though I understand how the thought or image of your parents engaging in a intimate act is not endearing and frankly a bit yuck! Notwithstanding your writing here was very humorous, engaging, and frankly captivating.

    1. Thanks for the positive comments! I know my parents were non-parents once but it’s so hard to picture them that way… Luckily for me, they are still pretty awesome now. I try to ignore them when they do embarrassing things but I’ve pretty much gotten used to it by now.

  2. Hey loved the read! Just one thing though I tried to click on that NSFW link (whilst at work… buahahaha suck it bossman) and it took me to a WordPress page explaining that the link was busted. Might wanna check it out.

    Keep up the good work old sport 🙂

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I think I’ve got the link working now. (It also might be blocked by some browsers because it truly does link to an 18+ site!)

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