This last summer "Design-Crete" was all the rage and everyone (except us) on the block was lining up to get their sidewalks ripped out and new, shiny and “designed” sidewalks reinstalled. My hubby and I would share a chuckle when the Design-Crete truck would pull up in front of yet another neighbor's house and the workers would tumble out, laden with tools and buckets.
“Well, now the Smiths (names and resemblance to any specific persons is purely coincidental) are getting their sidewalk done, that's cool!” Would I like our sidewalks to be able to compete with the jazzy works of art embedded in nearly every yard on our block? Oh yes! So why not? The answer is rather simple yet sensible…boring even: WE CANT AFFORD IT RIGHT NOW!
There will come a day when we can, it will more than likely be when half of our household is no longer single-handedly keeping the majority of Huggies factories in America afloat! It may be even further out; maybe after the kids have attended a few proms or gotten off their braces (knock on wood for that one!). Or maybe, by the time we can afford it, we would rather spend the cash on a trip to Fiji. The point is, why not wait?
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It’s okay to not have perfect furniture sets, hot tubs and vacation homes if it means the things we do have don’t actually belong to a pencil pusher sitting behind a desk at the Visa company.
What’s wrong with sharing a laugh with our peers about being cheap or having some things we can’t do or buy right now because it’s not the right time to enjoy it?
What will we have to look forward to if we get EVERYTHING right now?
One thing I am looking forward to in the future (hopefully before I am setting my teeth on my night-table at bedtime) is watching those Design-Crete guys tumble out of a little truck in our driveway where I’ll be waiting to greet them with a stack of cold, hard cash that we saved for…although by then, I may have new hopes and dreams and that's okay too!
In the words of the very wise Baloo the Bear (from “Jungle Book”), “When you find out you can live without it and go around not thinking about it…then the bear necessities of life will come to you!”