Some musings on the whole gift thing...
|This is not our current tree..I fear this photo may be several years old....please, I'm not at all tree ready!|
I have reached an age. An age at which I need nothing. Mr Dunnit doesn't have to prove his love with grand gestures, I don't have to have masses of presents to reassure myself that I'm loved. I don't need any more 'stuff' that's for sure. But that doesn't stop me wanting or enjoying gifts, there's still loads of stuff out there that I like! I am part of an income bracket, or is it a generation, that within reason, operates on the 'see it, want it, buy it' theory. It wasn't always thus, and I'm not talking about massive acts of wanton extravagance here. I'm thinking of the odd piece of clothing or the necessary five or six sheets of 12 x 12 or a new set of stamps. The odd workshop or weekend away with chums..things I want rather than need...costs that many years ago at the beginning of our married life, we wouldn't have considered let alone been able to bear. I remember getting new underwear or a nightdress for Christmas because I needed them. This is not a sob story, more an indication of how things have changed. And how I've changed too. Now, if I find something that I really do want, can justify and actually feel a need for...I get very impatient to have it. I don't go to ridiculous lengths, just the ends of the earth and back by tea time if I have to. I ordered some China for Christmas, stuff I've been saving and working for. The order acknowledgement said it was out of stock and wouldn't be here until December 21st. Well that's no good is it. I want to enjoy it all month, starting NOW. So I told them that I'd have to cancel the order, the delivery time wasn't acceptable and most importantly, if it had shown on the website as out of stock, I wouldn't have ordered it. I couldn't put it out of my mind, I was disappointed, and wasted another two nights of valuable free time searching the internet for a supplier with stock. Tried really hard to be grown up and forget it. Then the original company emailed me to say it had arrived in stock...so I bought it and it came. I'm happy now. Isn't that ridiculous! Now that I have a complicated work life balance, and now that I have to really make time to create/shop/cook, I fully appreciate every minute put into making, purchasing or even considering gift giving. On that basis alone, I love every gift.
I guess I'm not alone. Share your thoughts why don't ya?
edited to add: Oh and hey..Art Diva needs help and this is fully in the spirit of this particular post, which is why I offered to add it to the blog...
She's looking for two Stamps by Suzi Blu, second hand is fine, because she fears they are discontinued....'You are Loved' and 'Love is the Whole Point'
Anyone able to help..please comment here or let Sherie know directly! See - she's emailing the ends of the earth for them, so I know EXACTLY how frustrated she is!