Happy New Year! Did you have a wonderful holiday? I love seeing everyone all dressed up for family gatherings and Nutcracker performances and Netflix binges every December. My family is always presentable, but we do favor the casual and I sometimes wish we’d take advantage of the occasion to dress things up a bit more (as I type this wearing stretchy pants and a worn flannel).
Over the holiday, my mom relayed a conversation that she recently had with my sister. They were at the pool and my sister had a nice bag that she was handling a bit haphazardly. She wasn’t flinging it around or anything, but she did set it on the ground and toss a bottle of sunscreen inside. My mom made a comment about taking care of her things (as would I have…keep reading) and my sister kind of brushed her off, saying that things are meant to be used and enjoyed. It wasn’t meant or taken as a flippant comment, but a reminder that things are things and if you can’t enjoy them in your everyday life, then what’s the point?
I’m always trying to keep my nice things nice (admittedly because I have a bit of a reputation for having no memory of drilling holes into brand new clothing), and while I think that it is appropriate and respectful to treat things with care, it turns into me saving things for “special occasions” that never materialize and prevents me from using and enjoying the things that I have.
Apparently this a very real affliction that runs in families and is known as Saving It for the Pope. Coincidentally, I seem to remember my Nana once saying “What are you saving that for, your funeral?” Same sentiment, just slightly more dramatic.
When I talk about my nicest or fanciest or favorite things, I don’t necessarily mean the most expensive. That’s just a GAP dress and J.Crew necklace pictured above. Both bought on sale, I’m sure. But I’ve been “saving them” for over a year for no good reason. So I’m going to wear them both to work this week and make an occasion to enjoy them.
Do you find yourself saving your favorite things for special occasions? Or do you wear your pearls to the pool?