I often feel as though I am swimming upstream in trying not to give in to buying things I don't need, and if I am truthful, don't really even want. I get swept away by the tide of shoppers and make impulsive purchases. We stopped at an outlet mall in Williamsburg while visiting Jacob, and most stores were already advertising sales of fifty percent off as an incentive to start the holiday shopping season. I tried on a shirt and a down vest and walked around the store carrying them both, taking deep breaths, trying to discern if this would be a wise purchase.

The conversation in my head went something like this.

Don't you already have two vests? And what about the shirt? You know it's poorly made and will likely only last this one winter season? Are you buying these so you'll have something new to wear to impress your friends? Would you rather have these two items of clothing or a movie date with your husband or some other experience?

In the end, I put the shirt and vest back and waltzed out of the store feeling light and free and satisfied with my decision. We stopped in Richmond on the way home and saw the movie, A Man Called Ove. We both agreed it was one of the best films we've seen in a long while, and it was a bittersweet reminder that these days we have together are numbered.

"A treasured memory is the lasting gift of time well spent." –Tim Fargo
Day 258

Day 258