|Matthew, Erin, Colin, Dad, Mom, Shauna & Kelli|
I came across this article. First it made me feel enormously guilty - because it's all true. The bit about spending money to fill a void, provide momentary satisfaction, etc. I do that. I love shopping. And it IS so wasteful. A great friend of mine asked me this question once, "Can you think of a piece of clothing that has changed your life?" Arbitrary pieces of clothing certainly came to mine first - shoes (yes, my life would be different if I could not wear shoes. pain. duh.), winter coats and clothing with hoods, socks, underwear, etc. All of it IS necessary. BUT - I couldn't think of ONE specific item of clothing that has changed my life. I thought of random items of clothing that I happened to be wearing in memorable photos that decorate our house and photo albums - like the terrible pink polka-dot skirt I wore on one of my birthdays.
The point is this: Clothing, in essence, doesn't matter. It's meant to be functional and stylish - but not a source of confidence and pleasure. And I'm completely guilty of this. As are you. There, we're in the same boat! I'm not the only bad one!
Anyway. Back to the matter at hand. BUYING a Christmas gift is easy. Paying for a gift is easy. Perusing the web for cool things is easy. Finding something, anything, that your loved one will smile about when the tear away the wrapping paper is easy. But something that creates a lasting memory? A moment? A bond? (I know, this is sounding cheesy - often the seemingly unattainable things DO sound cheesy a.k.a. Cinderella? Forgive me, ha.) THOSE things are hard to find.
So, my new goal is to find a gift for my broha that is meaningful in some way. No, I'm not going to spray pasta gold and paste it to a tissue box - but I will search for a gift with the same spirit. Kids always do it right, don't they?