Thursday, September 10, 2015
Why we can't have nice things
Espresso with a twist is definitely a nice thing and I have 78888 espresso cups that I could be using to make my own. Taken in January 2012 - New Orleans.
I'm not talking about the usual response to things going wrong or getting broken that seems to elicit this response from the sarcastic me. I'm trying to turn it around and think of it this way - "Why do we have nice things and why don't we use them" or better yet - "Is it possible to be gracious and accept a nice thing as a gift without getting all defensive and embarrassed and then dismissive because you can't just okay, thanks, bye."
Yup. That kind of nice thing.
I look around at the things I have left to shrivel and die in corners because they are too nice and I'm afraid that our lifestyle is too casual or I'm not pretty or special enough to carry something off. I let a beautiful silk nightdress sit for twenty years before I wore it. Today, I looked longingly at a soup tureen TH gave me a million years ago that sits in a cabinet neglected instead of serving a lovely soup to my friends and family because I'm afraid to use it because something may happen to it.
Who uses a soup tureen? I'm going to starting now.
Who wears beautiful silk to bed? Other than Rita Hayworth, I suppose I could/should.
Who should stop coveting and start using? All of us. Things other than some wines don't really get better with time. I'm not getting all Kon-Mari on you and tell you to release your stuff, but maybe we should all release some of the fear and self-doubt that makes often makes it hard for us to enjoy what we have.
If you see me walking around in a beautiful silk robe carrying around a soup tureen, just smile and nod.