I’m not usually that type of person. I come from a long line of “thinkers.” We think about everything before we purchase something. Do I really need it? Is it worth the money? Do I have the money? Is it what I truly want? And so on.
My husband says I think too long about something. Case in point: the theme for our nursery. When I was expecting, I thought long and hard about my first child’s room. What did I want him to wake up to every morning? I decided on a carousel theme. My husband and I poured over wallpaper books, approving or casting aside different designs. We found one we both liked, but I still wasn’t sure. Let me think on it a bit, I said.
A few weeks later, I decided on that certain paper we’d both liked. Problem was, the pattern wasn’t being made anymore! In that short amount of time, the company chose to discontinue it. I was so upset (pregnant with crazy hormones). My husband, being my knight in shining armor, went to all the different stores (internet wasn’t in everyone’s homes back then) that carried the paper and bought what they had. We had just enough to do the nursery.
That’s been the story of my life. When I see something I like, I go home to think it over, and when I decide, the item is gone. It drives my husband crazy. He comes from a long line of knee-jerk deciders. See it, want it, get it. So it shocked us both when I saw a car recently, fell in love with it, and we drove home in it that very same day.
We often go look at cars for fun, or model homes, when we want to go out. Old people pastimes, my sons say. Two weeks ago, we decided to look at Lincolns. We saw an advertisement on TV that showed how much their seats move, so we decided to “just look.” Ha. As soon as I got into that baby blue MKZ with tan interior, I was in love.
My husband wanted me to quit saying I loved the car, because it made it harder to negotiate. But, he did, and after a couple of hours, we drove home in it. I can’t help but say it yet again: I love the car. Like always, my husband moved heaven and earth to get it for me.
Besides the car, we’ve been talking about getting a “server,” or buffet to hold my china and silver. We’ve always stored it above the fridge, but with one son gone, and the other soon to follow, that cabinet is too inaccessible now. Once again, we were “just looking” at furniture, and I saw the perfect server at Macy’s. We discussed it a few moments, and then we ordered it, along with a bedazzled mirror for over the server, and two recliners for the TV room. All my china, and my mom’s set, fit neatly inside, along with my sterling silver. I can pull them out easily for the holidays.
I’m not an impulsive person. I don’t make decisions easily. However, as I’ve gotten older and wiser, I’ve realized two things: buy something when you see it, because it will be gone later, and buy what you enjoy using or looking at. I’m not saying you should make your house into a junk store, or change your cars yearly, but surround yourself with people and things you love. Your life will be richer because of it.