I was surfing through some of the blogs that I read regularly and hit Stephanie's over at Momma's Soapbox concerning clutter and yard sales. I started thinking about how obsessed we are, particularly Americans, about "stuff." So much so that the late, great comedian George Carlin did a whole bit on it. I can't remember all of it, but there was something about buying a bigger house so that there is enough room for all of our "stuff" and now there is a whole industry based on storage items for our "stuff." I think I'll have to "you tube" it. I recall it being very funny. But all this got me thinking....you guessed it....about "stuff."
When do we become so materialistic? At what age does it start? When do we determine that we must have this "stuff?" A hundred years ago, it wasn't uncommon for a woman to only have a couple of "serviceable" skirts and blouses and men only have a suit or two. Now we have walk in closets full of clothes - Yes, I'm guilty. And technology has blessed us with all kinds of "things" we think we need. Here are a few items that some people can't seem to live without - This is where I'm aging myself
1. Cell Phones. This is a tricky one. We got our first cell phone back in 1993 when I was pregnant with Number One Son.
2. Computers. We have two. A desk top and a lap top. We didn't get the lap top until this year. It was a gift to Number One Son from his Grandma SuSu. Since he's a junior in High School, she felt he needed one for school and to take to college with him. I agree. Between The Boys and Car Guy, there was constant conflict over who got to use the computer for homework, etc and when. Now, don't get me wrong, I love computers. I love surfing the net. I love reading all the blogs out there. I love making new friends. I love reconnecting with old friends and I love all the cool things that are right at our finger tips. I love that it's made my life easier. I went from a paper pusher to a button pusher.
All this being said, without computers, I wouldn't have my current job either...so I guess I kind of do need this one.
"Please put the TV on Channel 2."
"Please put the TV on Channel 8."
I've often said that I would happily move to the mountains and live in the middle of nowhere without these things. Car Guy and The Boys think I'm nuts...The Boys more so than Car Guy. He's starting to appreciate simpler things now.....there's hope for him yet. By the way, when I was a child, I walked 5 miles to school, in the snow, up hill, both ways......didn't we all? He He!