I often remind my husband of how low maintenance I am. Seriously. He grew up in the south and has no desire to leave it, which means he was destined to marry a southern girl. Compared to many southern girls, I am very low maintenance. I don’t spend much on my hair, I don’t buy clothes that aren’t on sale and even though I love shoes, I only have a modest collection compared to some.
I’m a pretty basic person. I subscribe to blogs with names like Becoming Minimalist and substance over stuff. Even when I was parenting babies, I avoided stuff. A sling, some diapers, and the ability to lactate were about all I needed.
But I could so get used to luxury if I had the chance. Last year, I rode to a conference with my friend Stephanie and she had a new car. The car came with free OnStar service for a while. Did we use it? Oh, yes we did! I remember Stephanie saying, “You know, it doesn’t take long to get used to luxury, does it?”
No, it doesn’t. Four times in my life — just four times — I’ve gotten a professional pedicure. The first time was in July of 1997 when I was nine months pregnant with Caleb. It was so hot and I felt as big as a barn. I went to the beauty school and paid all of $12.00 for a pedicure. I thought I was in heaven. The next two times were gift certificates and the most recent time was about a month ago. Emily and I went together when I got back from my trip to Charleston and Savannah. After a week of walking non-stop, it felt really good to have that bit of pampering.
This morning, I finally removed the polish that was left. The whole time I was thinking, “OK, so I paid $30.00 and it lasted four weeks. That’s not too bad. Maybe I could afford to do this on a regular basis.” Who am I kidding, though? Thirty dollars is a good chunk of grocery money or haircuts for all three of my guys. So I suppose that pedicures will remain a luxury, but it also made me wonder:
What luxury could you really get used to? If money weren’t in the equation, what would you LOVE to have that you don’t have now? Sometimes, it’s fun to day dream a bit!