I’m not a big shopper. In fact, with the advent of on-line shopping, I hardly go out of my house any more. These people who awake at 2 a.m. to make the line at Best Buy are a mystery to me. The people who set up tents and porta-potties and camp through Thanksgiving just to purchase a TV at a discount are not a mystery: I’m pretty certain that they are nuts.
What possesses a person to invest so much time for a television, towels and toys? What drives a person to give up time with family and friends for a possession, an object, a piece of plastic, metal and glass?
As I spent time with my family at Thanksgiving, I was reminded of the importance of every moment we share with those we love. I can’t imagine allowing those precious hours to pass by waiting in line in front of a retail store.
The day after Thanksgiving was spent safe and snug in my own home doing the things I love the most. As the Black Friday news reports came in telling of pepper spray, muggings and mayhem, I was comforted in knowing that my Friday was spent re-potting Bonsai, talking to neighbors, drinking good coffee, petting my dog and decorating the house. No going out into the craziness for me.
I guess I’ll just have to pay full price for those things I don’t really need anyway.