It’s difficult to get too excited about most of the purchases I make – even though the manufacturers would probably like me to, I can’t bring myself to feel much emotion over washing up liquid or breakfast cereal. But the child in me loves a new toy. And last week I treated myself to two!
My first toy was Writing Socks! Now most of you will probably be raising an eyebrow over my enthusiasm for socks, but I’m one of those people who hasn’t yet worked out how to separate my feeling of well-being from the state of my feet 🙂 If my toes are cold, I’m cold all over. If I have blisters, or my feet ache, that’s how the rest of me feels.
So imagine my delight in finding the perfect Writing Socks, just as the first cold of winter is beginning to bite (actually they’re bedsocks, but it would be a waste to use them just at bedtime). They’re… warm and cosy, not too tight around the ankles, and best of all they’re pink and slightly sparkly. My toes are happy and so am I!
And the second toy was a New Phone! Because – okay – a mobile phone’s a very handy and practical thing to have, but in practise it’s the fol-de-rols that mark one model out from another. My old phone was outdated and struggling to cope with more than a couple of the most useful apps, but the new one has loads of space and some fancy features. I’ve been playing with the fingerprint reader for two days now, and I’ve already got the feeling that the phone has its own personality and knows who I am. Before long I’ll be confiding in it, the way I used to confide in my dolls when I was little.
And… it’s blue. That doesn’t make any difference to its capacity to make phone calls, and at a glance it looks black rather than dark blue. But it says it’s blue on the box, and that’s what matters, because conversations are somehow so much better on a blue phone.
So right now, I’ve reached the unusual state of being at peace with the consumer world. Neither of my purchases turned into a nightmare of things not working/fitting the way I thought they might, and in addition to their practical purpose, I have new toys to play with. And the thing about a new toy is that it doesn’t need to be costly or top-of-the-range. It just has to have something about it that you like, beyond its practical use. Like the cheap-as-chips salt and pepper grinders that I bought a couple of years ago. They’re not much to look at but they never get clogged up, and they’ll grind from very coarse to extremely fine at the twist of a knob. I might not use the most coarse or fine settings, but I know they’re there 🙂
Is it just me that thinks like this? Do you assess all of your purchases with a cool head, matching your needs to their capabilities? Or do you sometimes find yourself lured by a new toy? And what are the little things that you like about them?
And before I go – another thing that I like much more than is strictly practical, are my new covers. So here’s the latest!