Here’s an interesting thought. If you are in the process of getting rid of most of your worldly goods, what the heck should people give you as a gift – say for Mother’s Day, or Christmas or your Birthday? On Saturday, my son and his lovely girlfriend invited us over to celebrate Mother’s Day with a little tea and scone brunch in their back yard and a trip to the St. John’s Parade. My son said something like, “We thought about getting you a gift, but couldn’t think of what you would need that fit in the backpack and rollie.” They gave me this precious little bouquet of flowers from their garden – perfect!
I was intrigued by the question. Really, what is the point in giving gifts to someone who’s in the middle of down-sizing and, at this stage in life, what could I possibly need? Short answer – Nothing. (Well, I still WANT a pair of UGG boots, but I don’t honestly NEED them). There is nothing I need and what a great feeling that is. I do not need more stuff, but I still want more experiences and adventures and good times with friends and family. Makes gift giving very simple, doesn’t it? Moments. Memories. I’ll always need those. I think that’s why I carry my little camera everywhere. I want to remember and savor the moments, the sights, the colors, the unusual in the every day, and I am one who tends to forget. Just ask my sister…she remembers more of my early life than I do. But I digress… that’s another post entirely. The truth is I spent the better part of of the last 50 years in pursuit of stuff and now it holds little or no value beyond the practical.
I took a picture of my “kids” at the St. John’s Parade so I can remember this moment. The sun was out. The streets were crowded. The air was warm – a perfect memory of a Mother’s Day well celebrated. Oh, and the absolutely delicious home made hazelnut chocolate scones. That is truly all I needed for a perfectly lovely Mother’s Day. Life is sweet. Thanks guys.