Saturday, April 19, 2008

And these things that we have given you/They are not so easily found

We had some Earth Day fun at the local children's consignment shop where Jack and Finn made bird feeders!
I have quietly vowed to buy no clothing this year for my boys. I spent a lot of money on nice clothing when I worked and I realize that it was crazy. Obviously I can't go out and drop loads of cash right now on clothes, but I think if I were a two income family again that I still would not. I feel like the boys are in constant state of play, movement, and art as of late and nice clothes would only hinder that motion. Hell, Finn prefers a costume to any article of clothing in his closet anyhoo. I will buy second hand this year if I need to and that is why I love the local Red Rover store. It is nice to support her shop and other families in the consignment way. I have made some cash too from selling some old clothing to her- bonus!

It's funny how everything is so relative to where you are this moment right now. My friend Tedd used to tell me this a long time ago. He also told me that I would change and grow and sprout in a hundred different directions until I knew most everything about myself. It's funny how you think about things. Are there sentences in yr head that just stick against the goo of yr mind wall and stay dormant for years- but can burst right out when you need em? It's weird how tiny moments stay so vivid. For me, it is often advice. I was quite a jackass when I was younger, but I must have had sense enough to store away some small tokens of smart from my elders. They are rolling around today in my mind.


Ericandles said...

What a great blog. And I feel you on the clothes thing. The best thing is to glom onto a friend with a kid or two just ahead of yours. When they're little, hand-me-downs are fun!

Keep it up.

JessTrev said...

Love the line from your friend Tedd, growing and changing and expanding in all directions until you really know every corner of yourself. I have been thinking lately also about how we grow and change and become *more ourselves* or truer to ourselves rather than different as we age. The whole everyone is the same age inside idea. Hear, hear on the kid clothes. My first kid I bought lots of clothes even though we had hand me downs. 2nd kid hardly anything at all. Now I try not to buy either of them anything except what I can find at 2ndhand stores. (OK, I confess, I am putty in the hands of certain Etsy artists). I am definitely on your trajectory tho in terms of stuff in general. Far fewer kid anythings being bought these days. We're really just trying to pare back and simplify.


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