Friday, July 9, 2010

Frugality without Fear

So, we're going to the fair tomorrow: The Oregon Country Fair.  The fair's all about nostalgia for Hippie days. So close to Eugene there still are Hippies, growing out of their teens and into adulthood, grown-up enough to dress up in tie-dye, ethnic prints, and henna tattoos.  Flower children 40 years later! Wanting to be a child again is definitely a sign of being grown-up and then some.  Having had enough of being grown up, I find myself wanting to be a child tomorrow.

I have to be frugal, but I don't want to over think it.  I long to wander lustily among all the food stands, which will be sending out delicious odors, certain that some of the delicacies are for me.  I want to feel I can have anything, any time, if I just wish it so, as I blink at things artisans twinkle in my direction.  If I find a Gypsy to read my palm, or if a wizard is offering hot-air balloon rides, I want to tell myself, "Why not?"  

The Land of Oz, or any other wonderland, including a fair, is just an illusion - but no more an illusion than money itself, which is useful, but only if we agree to give it value. Not having money, or the fear of not having it can be paralyzing, especially after a long period of deprivation, loss, or during an all-prevailing recession, where even the well-off seem to tighten their belts.  I don't want to live in fear.

But I want to be wise.

I want to practice frugality without fear, trusting that there is and always will be enough.  As I count out the last of my coins, I want to believe that I've had quite as good a time as those with more left to jingle.  


  1. I loved your post :-)
    I long to be a hippy, was a decade too late to truly be one.
    My take on the 'hippy feel' is believing that you will be provided for when needed, trusting in the earth and that the people will look after each other, in which case maybe you don't need to count your coins :-)

  2. "There is no shame in being poor, it is just darned inconvenient sometimes".


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