Things I Have Now That My Family Couldn't Afford During My Childhood
A nice reminder to look at everything I've accomplished and not take some simple things for granted.
- •Walls with color.I drew pencil sketches of stars and other random shapes and lines all over my bedroom wall but all I really wanted was to paint the walls. My parents never felt we had money to throw at making perfectly good white walls another color.
- •Seasonal decorations outside of major holidays.We had a Christmas tree and a Jack-O-Lantern but that was about all when it came to decorating for the year. I delight in decorating seasonally, even when holidays aren't on the horizon.
- •Personal hygiene products that are non-essential and not the cheapest variation on the product available.Arguably many beauty products are non-essential. To my family, a razor and a brush were essentials. I very distinctly remember having to use those horrible pink generic razors (these were hardly good for their first use) for months. And it wasn't until I was an adult that I learned that there was more than one kind of brush. Now I have actual facial cleaners and soap that doesn't come in a bar that makes me smell like my father.
- •Going to the movies!Seriously, I love seeing movies in the theater. My father did the best he could and got pirated copies of various upcoming movies from a friend that worked with him. ... Which I admit, that was pretty awesome and I love you Dad.