living small has its own rewards.
you can often opt for quality.
rather than quantity.
“ if you want quality in your life
you want it in everything.
you want it in a cup of coffee.
you want it at dinner . . .
whether you make it yourself or buy it in a restaurant.
you have a standard.
and you appreciate the differences.
luxury is not about style or trends.
it’s truly craft.
a tradition of fine things done well.”
~ barbara barry
ah. easy for the rich you say! but i am not rich by any means!
and i beg to differ.
quality to me means many things.
it’s buying one of something. something well made.
something that is made to endure. not break soon and be discarded.
it is not owning 12 of something . . . the same thing . . .
just because . . . well . . . “you know. i might need it someday!”
it is a soft towel. made well. only three or four at the very most.
they stand up to laundry. they remain a delight. they don’t number two dozen.
eating on simple dishware.
for me . . . white . . . like the french love.
white shows off the food . . . not the plate.
simplicity at its best!
fresh food. a few favorite dishes made well. i never tire of them.
perhaps i’m a boring gourmand. i don’t require great variety.
i like what i like and i like having it routinely!
i don’t shop and i don’t window shop for entertainment.
and when i do ever have to shop . . .
i tend to shop more like a man!
i have never enjoyed “the hunt” of an all day shopping trip most women love.
i go to the store where i think the item i want will be. and i usually buy it there.
simple. quality. done.
i probably got that and my thriftiness from my new england grandmother.
she went to the city every few years and bought two ‘boston stroller’ dresses.
i think that was the name of them. they were well made.
she donated old ones to her church. she had a very small quality wardrobe.
she wore english walking shoes until she was an older lady.
then she wore stockings with simple white keds tennis shoes with everything! even to church.
she was adorable. i loved her and her wisdom very much.
i don’t own dresses like hers. i live now in a few well made items that make getting dressed
easy and pleasurable . . . and most importantly of all . . . comfortable!!!
if you live a small life . . .
whether from choice or whether from circumstance . . .
you can still live very elegantly.
as a matter of fact . . . there is a certain elegance i think in living with less.
it leaves room in one’s life for the more important things . . .
like this . . .
here’s to all the wonderful quality things in life!
til soon old bean!