Wes and I had some time last week to ourselves with the girls visiting my parents for Spring Break. One day, we spent the afternoon just browsing some of the stores we have literally a few miles from the church, which is a big deal since the mall was a forty mile drive away in Duncan. As we went from store to store, we commented on the things that were nice, the things that we could see owning one day, and the things that we were putting on our “wish lists.”
Then we went to Best Buy. And Wes said, “I don’t need a Kindle. I have an iPad. But still… I want a Kindle.” I couldn’t say much since I was given a Kindle a couple of Christmases ago, but that didn’t stop me from asking, “WHY do you think you want one, then?”
And he had no answer. Just like I had no answer for the set of dishes I coveted at Pier One that would be, if purchased, my FOURTH set of dishes. (That is, if china counts as a set, Christmas dishes, kiddie plates, everyday dishes… those don’t all count, do they?!)
Our girls have a similar problem. We just recently got cable back (which is a topic for next week, believe me), and the commercials are so obviously aimed right at the 4-5 year old girl demographic because they want EVERYTHING. Just like that annoying little girl in the Willie Wonka movie, “They want it ALLLLL!!!”
We’re easily convinced that we’re missing out and that we NEED MORE STUFF. All of us!
I’m making a conscious effort to be aware of this since reading 7 this week. And I’m taking baby steps to begin to clear out some of the unnecessary stuff we’ve accumulated over the past several years. We came back home from Japan with next to nothing… so, how did we manage to get all of this STUFF in such a short amount of time?! (Especially when the mall in Oklahoma was forty miles away!)
Good things to think about this week…