58: A Second Chance at Love

58: A Second Chance at Love

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less


A Second Chance at Love

A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist.

~Franklin P. Jones

My mother’s home has a revolving door. Not really, but she loves to shop and then she needs to give things away since her house gets too full. It’s a constant battle for her. She needs to get rid of stuff but she’s not able to resist buying things. Fortunately, she likes to shop at tag sales, thrift stores, and Goodwill, since she doesn’t like to spend a lot of money — and every day there are new things to buy!

Although her house is jammed with stuff, she is diligent about getting rid of it — since she has also acquired all the books about organizing, throwing out, and the joy of living with less! We’ve tried to help her rein in her shopping habits over the years, but the bottom line is that she can afford it, it gives her enormous pleasure, and it keeps her busy. The rest of us just shake our heads when she comes in excited about her new purchase.

One day when I was at her house she showed me a small, beautiful bone china pitcher that she had just bought at one of her favorite haunts. Although it was mostly white, the bone china had a delicate pattern, and it was hand painted with a green decorative line, small tulips and other flowers.

I looked more closely at the pitcher. It actually looked very similar to one that I had seen before at her house.

“Mom, don’t you already have one just like it?” I asked.

She stopped and looked at it. She thought for a moment. “Huh, yes, I guess you’re right,” she replied. “But I gave it away.”

I looked at her wondering if what I thought had happened, had in fact happened.

She burst out laughing. “You know, I think I might have bought back the pitcher I gave away!”

“Yes, Mom, I think you did,” I said, incredulous.

I waited a beat before I continued, “So much for that bargain. You bought it twice!”

“Don’t look at it that way,” she replied, happily. “I just fell in love with it all over again!”

~Gwen Daye


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