“Everybody has their Cadillac,” says my dad when he is talking about the things that are normal for some and raise Such Indulgence eyebrows for others. I think this is especially true for
penny pinchers people on a budget. Some people buy all their furniture on Craiglist, but then they buy this incredibly expensive cookware. I have friends who drive really nice vehicles, but I happen to know that they include eating lots of rice and beans in the family diet. I have to remember that while I forgo the cheese and bacon, my neighbor may think that the cereal in my shopping cart is a total splurge. I suppose I could always show them my coupons. 😛
Anyway… That is not the point here. The point? got a little lost in that first paragraph. I just wanted to clarify that if your particular brand of thrift doesn’t look just like mine, I am totally fine with that.
Back to celebrating… it doesn’t take a lot of money to make a festive occasion, especially for children. I found this photo of a girly tea party, taken a year ago, and it brought all these thoughts up to the air.
On birthdays, we light a few candles, get out our pretty dishes, and drink out of goblets. And we have bacon for breakfast. Instant celebration. When you eat a lot of cooked cereals, you appreciate the switch. 🙂 I kind of like that I don’t have to impress the birthday child with a tremendous meal from Taste of Home. (But then, I am a lazy cook.) We have ice cream and chips only on Occasions. We eat dessert on the weekend. It makes life very simple, and I love how the children’s eyes light up when the special stuff comes out. I do not quite know how to deal with the deprived little kids who try every kind of soda at the school picnic, though.
When I was a small girl, Mom would come home from grocery shopping trips with one pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit, five pieces. There were four of us, and we each got one piece, which we savored… and saved and chewed again the next day. Our school lunches were bologna sandwiches and canned peaches in a little container, with maybe a cookie and some milk in reuseable thermoses. It was a Really Big Deal to get a Twinkie in our lunch.
I feel old when I look around and see all the stuff that is considered necessary to raise a happy child. Just check out kids’ bedrooms or birthday parties on Pinterest and you will know what I mean. I know we can’t be back in the eighties again, and I certainly don’t want to be Amish either, but I am trying to raise my brood with gratefulness for the small things. I am sure I am not the only one who wants to raise her children with that sort of simplicity. What do you do intentionally to cut back on some of the superfluous stuff?