On that subject of New Stuff and New to Us Stuff...
Tonight M told me that some of the kids in her class at church got new clothes for church. Then she asked me "Why didn't I get any?"
Oh break my heart!
I was the most materialistic in my family growing up. I cared about those annual spending rituals once upon a time. But over the last 20 years they matter less.
I asked G if some of the kids got new things for school and he named all the kids. Yeah, G was aware of it too.
So we had a talk about how our family tries to avoid debt and waste. We talked about how we just got a baby, a van and a piano. Those things were more important to mom and dad than new clothes. I brought up President Hinckley's "Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without." [gratuitous capitalization because it is free].
I warned them that people like to brag about their nice things to make themselves feel good about themselves. I told them that they are children of God and don't need things to make themselves feel worthy.
M cheered me with her understanding that we do buy things we have the money for. "If you don't have the money, don't buy it!"
G cheered me with his new found understanding of avoiding debt (Thank you "Act Your Wage").
I hope they can grow up knowing they have everything they need. Sheesh, living in this house, could they still think they are growing up poor? And there is my hypocrisy. I eschew worldly things like buying new clothes and shoes for the school year, but I live in this house and use words like eschew.
I couldn't even spell hypocrisy and had to look it up, but eschew I got the first try. Nice.