Chatting with a friend recently, I heard a funny story… something I said (threatened?) I would probably blog about, but of course promised not to rat out the unsuspecting partner! It reminded me of one of my grandmothers, never using her best crockery and crystal. Not ever, not even for a special occasion.
We talked about the oddities of human beings, and in particular, partners, in-laws, ex bosses… you get the drift. We’d moved on from the really interesting stuff like our health, our wrinkles, any general aging issues, and our kids!!! This was not the sort of get together where there was ever any intention of getting into an intellectual or philosophical discussion of any sort, simply a quick coffee together and a chat.
My husband and I really love an uncomplicated life, and the things in our home, quite simple things like the rugs on the floor, our wall hangings, even the old crystal glasses we bought for a snatch at a house auction many years ago, none of which really match. We really treasure everything we have, we know how much they cost, and in particular how hard we worked to be able to purchase them in the first place. More importantly, we use them.
Eventually we got around to her partner! He loves things to be neat and tidy, as do we, but we think maybe this is a little over the top; the polished floor boards do not get walked on, except in socks, unless they have visitors. I even wondered if there should be a sign at the front door saying Please use other floor’? On top of that, he has Persian rugs, rolled up in the spare room, never to be walked on, ‘just in case’. Just in case ‘what?’ we both pondered as we giggled our way through our coffee. Funny really, as what are floor boards and rugs for, other than walking on?