All posts tagged: wealth

Where Ordinary and Extraordinary Collide

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.” – William Martin. We were sitting on the lounge room floor shelling broad beans, my son and I. He was engrossed, tongue hanging out the corner of his mouth as he manoeuvred each bean from its pod. We talked about how some were big and some were small – how the smaller ones were sweeter. But mostly we just shelled beans, my three-year-old and I. They were probably the most peace-filled moments of the day. I noticed things; like the downy lining of each broad bean pod and that whoever designed these things …

First World Problems

What dress should I wear? I was standing in front of my wardrobe deliberating over my outfit for a special occasion. Do I go the navy blue slip dress with the white polka-dots?  Or the floral cotton dress in watermelon and peach?  Perhaps something more classic, like that black dress that buttons up the back and falls below the knee, with a tan leather belt at the waist? When I added the decision of what shoes, what cardi, what jewellery and whether to bare-leg it or go for some stockings (patterned or plain?), I was breaking a sweat and snapping at the hubby, whose monosyllabic grunts were not helping, I might add. Then, a distinct moment of clarity. My eyes scanned left to right, taking in the volumes of fabric.  I counted them: 26 dresses.  And I couldn’t find ONE to wear that day. First World Problem. Like when you forget to put your electric blanket on before bed. When the closest parking spot is a whole two blocks from your destination (and then there’s …