My friends and I were talking about delight and self-care. We were reflecting on value and laughing about how often our penny-pinching choices actually cost us money in the long run. Clothes we bought because they were on sale, not because we loved them. Food that merely filled us up rather than feeding us. Each one of us agreed that when we deny ourselves our true delight, we end up spending more on bigger unwanted things because we “deserve them, damn it.”
Someone shared a conversation she overheard at a grocery store in Boca Raton…
A group of white-haired older women were talking in the produce section. One of them reached over and got two pints of blueberries and put them in her cart.
Her friend looked at her and said, “Oh my! Blueberries are so expensive now. These organic kind are $5.99 a pint! That’s just outrageous!” The other women in the circle agreed. A grave discussion on the cost of fruit ensued. It turned into a conversation about inheritances and the rising cost of health care.
When the conversation died down, the woman with the blueberries looked around. She finally said, “Well, I love blueberries. Screw my son’s inheritance. I’m gonna enjoy my blueberries in the time I have left.” And she pushed her cart away to continue her shopping.
My friends and I cracked up when we heard this story.
I remembered it yesterday when my husband came home with a literal trough of blueberries he’d gotten from a local organic farmer. “I bought him out!” stated my husband proudly. “He had to go home!”
I almost asked, “Oh my. How much was all of this?” But I remembered the delightfully ornery woman in the grocery store. I took a deep breath and instead of asking such a boring question, I inhaled summer. I told myself to enjoy some blueberries while summer’s here. And I did.
What delights you?