I am often aware of the needs of little children versus those of adults. We seem to need fancier houses or newer cars or the latest clothes. Little people, on the other hand, just need some cans of vegetables to stack…or blankets and chairs to build a fort…or a dirt hill to climb. Do you remember the movie “The Jerk”?
Steve Martin’s success had come to an end, and he thinks he can get by with a little of nothing but finds out he really can’t. “I don’t need anything except this…that’s the only thing I need is this—just this ash tray…(then he sees something on the floor)…and this paddle game. The ashtray and the paddle game, and that’s all I need. And, this remote control. The ashtray and the paddle game and the remote control, that’s all I need…(he makes his way toward the door but finds something else)…and these matches…and that’s all I need.” He piles another item on then with determined finality, he exclaims, “And, that’s all I need, too! I don’t need one other thing!” He then pauses, as he picks up a chair…“I need this!”
It was such a funny scene, and my hubby and I still quote it from time to time. It’s funny but also too true! We need, need, need!
Puppies and kitties are like little children, all they need is Simple. A small toy or a bag or a box, and they’ll make most of it!
Nikko loves to play with empty boxes. He barrels through the house fighting and playing with it.
Sometimes (okay, a lot of times), life gets so complicated. Computer issues (that can last for days : / ) Family health problems. Job-related dilemmas. They all take a toll, so when I am able to, I like to push them aside and go to another place, if only through memories…
Memories of Gramma run through my mind, when I use her embroidered dish towels…I picture her kneading bread on the kitchen table, egg noodles cut and drying on a clean sheet in the back bedroom, neffla soup, kuchen, and all of the other delishnessness that was her. Memories of Grampa are held in the cutting board he made for Gramma, which was then passed down to me. An oil lamp brings thoughts of a simpler time. Grandma Donna has a fun blog about living like the past. She inspired me to get out my oil lamp and to buy another.
I like Old and remembrances of old times. Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota still sells homemade pie and 5-cent coffee.
I recently purchased an old oil lamp, at a consignment shop. Not only am I adding to my emergency supplies, but I find it also brings feelings of nostalgia and peace.
I’ve recently returned from working out of state for several months, so at my house, it’s still Fall. 😉 That will have to change, as we are now almost into Spring! The past two days, however, have been snowy, which I am loving. I was in the hotter areas of the country so missed out on a white Christmas.
So, just for today, all I need is my cozy chair, my puppy, and the beauty of the snow on the trees. :0)