I have a house full of "stuff" - I don't need more "stuff". For my birthday I asked my kids to give me time - not stuff. "Come spend the day in the garden with me. Bring your clippers and let's play in the dirt."
I recall a friend of mine, just after Christmas several years ago, crying that her mother was rude and didn't like her Christmas present. Her parents had asked for their kids to buy a goat or a couple of chickens for a family
in a third world nation in lieu of a Christmas present. Apparently my friend did so and then also gave her mother a set of white CorningWare French White bakeware. As 'mom' left she said something to the effect - "I really don't need any more stuff." My
friend was crushed.
I don't need more stuff - I need to get rid of some of the stuff I have and don't use. I just gave away a beautiful set of dishes to a friend who is starting over. They were beautiful. So why did I give them away? Because
she needed them and I didn't. I loved them and so will she. I still have plenty of dishes - I don't need any more. Maybe she needs a couple of platters too. I should ask - I have a boat load of those.
I don't need fancy gadgets. No Baking Papa is a gadget guy. He keeps trying to buy me a new electric can opener - I don't want one. I have two great can openers and they don't have to sit on my counter. I want less "stuff"
on my counters - not more. He wanted to buy me a new steamer - I just gave two away. How about new mixing bowls - "No thanks, I have great stainless steel mixing bowls that will last me the rest of my life."
He thinks I am a party pooper. Honestly, I only need one grater and I have one. I have pyrex coming out my ears. Do you need some?
I used to have a huge collection of vases. Slowly but surely I have made flower arrangements from my garden and left them on friends porches or given them to my grand kids to take to their teachers.
My grand children love 'stuff' and are busy collecting 'stuff'. Unfortunately they like to share their stuff with me...how do you tell a child that you don't need 'stuff' - I can't - so I accept it graciously and then find
another purpose for it. I think I will offer them some of my 'stuff'.
Now, I might sound ungrateful - I am sorry if it comes across that way. I am actually very thankful.
I am thankful for my family - for my grand daughters who still want to come and bake bread and make cheese.
I am thankful for the good memories of trooping through the nursery with my son to pick out the perfect tree & then coming home to plant it. When the time comes to move from this house, I am going to hate to leave that tree
I am really thankful for the mini tiller and compost bin my hubby bought me. That compost bin went against the grain for him - it didn't plug in and it didn't make noise - but he bought it anyway and I love it. I love him
for buying it for me even though it isn't the kind of gift he would want to receive.
I am very thankful for the great memories of trips to the beach and the time camping and riding bikes through the camp grounds. I am thankful that my grand children all know what a garden ripe tomato and peach taste like.
The thing I am most thankful for is the memories and the time spent with those I love so much.
So you see - I really don't need 'stuff'.