Save it for retirement

How many thoughts, beliefs habits do we learn from our parents without even realizing it.  In those 18 years of breathing the same air as those who gave birth to us, we learn values, beliefs and habits.  Sometimes as adults, we realize the error of those ways or, unfortunately, we may just continue to do what we have been taught…right or wrong…and never break destructive cycles.  Other times I think something clicks and we realize that we need to alter the way we think so we set upon a road of  discovery….perhaps in our own minds we do this to save the next generation or more likely we just make changes because the learned habit or behavior just does not feel right.

…..and then sometimes something just sticks….like my dad’s mantra…I’m saving it for retirement.  Good clothes, boots, plans and dreams.  i.e. Dad was given an allowance by his employer for new boots every year….he bought boots….but he put them away for retirement and continued wearing his old boots.  Unfortunately when he passed, we cleaned out several pairs of unworn boots.  I learned from my mother to put your “good” clothes in the back of the closet so they are there when you need them and wear your faded clothes with stains around the house everyday so you don’t have to worry about ruining them.

I made inroads yesterday accompanied by an eye roll.  I needed to take food for a Labor Day gathering.  I pulled out the picnic basket (which I’ve had for many years…perhaps a wedding gift 38 years ago 🙄) and some hot pads I bought 20 years ago on a couple trips to Charleston, SC.  Yep.  they are in perfect condition because to keep them nice, I’ve used towels and cardboard boxes for food transport.


I realized yesterday….how silly this habit is and that I’m probably not normal…blame my parents!

Until next time….