Sunday, January 8, 2012

Lazy Good For Nothings!

We had a lazy weekend.  Met a couple of friends for breakfast, and then spent the rest of the day showing them the Compound, along with a LOT of conversation.  It's nice spending time with folks you have so much in common with.  They had an interest in the Back to Eden program, for a back yard raised bed.  They also got to meet the Hooligans, and when they left they were trying to figure out how they might be able to get some chickens of their own.  We shared some of our eggs with them earlier, and they were surprised at the size and taste of fresh eggs.

One major topic we discussed (among hundreds and one I've been thinking on a lot lately) was getting children and family members to understand the difference between "wants" and "needs".   How immediate gratification seems to be the only formula for making a financial decision, and how quickly the feeling of having something new and fun fades and then they're on to something else.  It takes some of us longer than others to figure this part of life out, and I know some who never seemed to grow out of it.  I only hope that my children can learn this lesson earlier in life.  There are many more rewarding things in life than stuff can ever fill.

What have you wanted but passed by because you have responsibilities or spent the time to really think it through?

Mine, an English Bulldog,   we opted for adoption from a shelter;  Miss Izzy


  1. A beautiful rocking chair at an auction. I didn't bid and have regretted it ever since.

    For kids with the I wants, I find if they have to pay for it themselves or at least for half (as in a car) they appreciate it more so our kids don't get a car until they can pay half. Everything else except clothing, food, and hair cuts they buy themselves. They really think about it before they spend there own money on it.

  2. Sista, we virtually did the same with our daughters. They also worked through college which was in their favor. I'm sure they didn't think so at the time, but they have no debt coming out of school. I do see them trending to the wants side of life and not need, since they are influenced by friends with little or no common sense.


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