This week, I have been tempted to Buy New far more than at any other time during My Make Do and Mend Year.
And in the strangest of places and on the most unexpected of things….
We went to Legoland.
I know, all that plastic-not at all Eco, or Thrifty (although we used a cunning combination of vouchers and Tesco Clubcard points to get the best deal we could!) or remotely Make Do and Mend.
But I have Small boys. And a husband with a mild lego obsession. And I never said I was a saint.
So we went. And we had a ball. Even me.
It was brilliant. The boys LOVED it.
I love it!
And I know that the Smalls and hubby love it too, and because of me, they can’t have it…
BigSmall is in need of a new water bottle for Pre-School at the moment, and he would have been SOOOOOO chuffed with a lego one.
With my mild addiction to stationary, a Moleskine Lego notebook would have been good.
And the Lego backpacks were quite tempting.
In fact, the whole lot was all pretty cool.
But I stayed firm.
I am torn though. I have been saying for ages that we won’t go back to buying new when the year ends, but when you see stuff like this, and you know that it would light up someone you love’s little face. It’s kind of tough.
And then it comes back to the whole thing about ‘stuff’ making us happy, and suddenly, what was a fun family day out becomes hugely deep and meaningful, and hard.
No one ever said it would be easy. I know that. And this is the most tempted I’ve been.
And for the first time I felt a bit sad about what we are doing. I know it’s all about the big picture, and that ultimately, even though it’s really cool, it is just stuff, and using up our resources and blah blah blah. But this just pulled me up short and made me think, and was completely unexpected.
To feel that you can’t or won’t give your kids (or even yourself) something that you know would give them great pleasure.
That’s pretty hard.