Yesterday, I had a walk in Manhattan from the Financial District up to Union Square to shop at Paragon Sports. You see a lot when you walk. I passed a few designer fashion stores along Broadway. I looked in a few out of curiosity.
I found a Prada store and I thought, “My wife always wanted a Prada handbag. She doesn't care if it is the latest “this-bag-is-so-hot” but would be completely thrilled with that-bag-is-so-last-year. She just wants a genuine Prada bag ~ she doesn't care if it is last year's design. She will use it for several years.” Use it..she will ~ not just to carry it for show. She's very practical and I admire her for that.
So, my continued thinking was, “Surely they have some bags on sale.” It was a nice, boutique-y store. There were lots of secret service style men-in-black, complete with all the getup ~ wireless earphones and all. There were about as many of these men-in-black as there were sales staff. I looked at one handbag as an example. It was 40% off and on sale for the unbelievably low price of only $840, reduced from about $1,400. It was nice quality, but I can't spend $840 on a purse today. Somewhere I will find a genuine one on sale for about $300...and she will be ecstatic!
Now, some guys will say to me, “You could put that kind of money into a motor vehicle.” Yes, indeed I could. No one would question the manliness over such an investment. A year and a half ago, I bought myself a new flute ~ that was the last “nice” thing I purchased for myself.
You may look at me with a raised eyebrow at investing in a designer handbag...or some fancy girlie shoes...so allow me to explain.
Any man with any sense of self-respect at all, loves his wife (or his daughters), for that matter to be beautiful. It is perfectly honourable to dress and admire them. A daughter should be pretty. A good man should admire his wife. There is some thought that a wife should be drab and matronly-looking. I do not accept that at all. A happy wife is a beautiful wife and she should be well-dressed. She should have beautiful hair and wearing nice clothes, shoes and jewellery. And let me point out that...a happy wife is a very good investment.
May I remind readers that...a happy wife produces descendants. Yes, the indisputable truth is that “a happy wife is also a happy mother.” For some strange reason, men seem to forget that simple point. There is a great deal to be said about investing in your wife's emotional health.
So, with this in mind, I am not too ashamed to browse a few New York boutiques to find my wife a purse that she has always wanted.
Last year, I hunted through Forever 21 and found my daughter a set of lip glosses. She was using one at high school when one of her friends noticed and asked, “Where did you get that?” And she replied,”My Dad got it for me at Forever 21.” Her friend was momentarily stunned with her mouth hanging open and she stated, “My Dad wouldn't even wait outside Forever 21 while I shop!” I love my daughter enough that I'm proud to hunt through Forever 21 or Steve Madden or DSW for things that she likes. My daughter loves me for it...and my daughter is beautiful.
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Engage the Magic!
“I still don't get why people are so surprised that the turtle beat the rabbit in the long run. Consistent Effort...no matter how small ~ sparks magic, fills sails, butters bread, turns tides, instills faith, summons friends, improves health, burns calories, creates abundance, yields clarity, builds courage, spins planets and rewrites destiny...No Matter How Small.
(from the Universe)
Merle Baird-Kerr … crafted July 27, 2013
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