I slipped down to the village this morning to pay the cheque (from the talk I gave last week) into the bank – I was surprised how proud I felt about that cheque, it could have been my first pay packet all over again!
Whilst I was down there I took the opportunity to visit the charity shops, which I have been trying to avoid since The Purge began here at Stoatie Towers. In the church Thrift Shop I found this book by Helen Hoover, she and her husband (according to the blurb) gave up their jobs in the steel industry and went to live in a cabin in the Minnesota woods in 1954. She wrote several books based on their experiences and he illustrated them. They were pioneers of the Simple Living movement I suppose. I’ve never come across them before and it should be a good read – I may give you a review!
When I took it to the counter one of the volunteers came rushing over to check that the Old Dear who was serving had charged me the correct amount – this had been marked up at a higher amount than their normal hardbacks. ‘I checked the book on the internet’ she said ‘and it is worth a lot more than that really, it’s a collectable’. ‘Oh’ I said, (aghast that I could be considered some sort of second hand book dealer looking to rip them off) ‘I like reading about people who just take off and live in the woods, in fact I often wish I could do it myself’. At which point the Old Dear serving me said ‘Oo, and at your time of life’
Reader, I was gutted.
And now I feel rather cross about it.
I suppose I really do have to accept that I am middle aged – physically if not mentally – but I refuse to accept that means no more adventures! I refuse to conform to other people’s expectations. I may be rebelling in a small way, but offloading the superfluous possessions, opting out of the consumer culture as far as possible (bye bye Tesco!) and embracing change, has come about exactly because of this time in my life. Now, with the kids practically gone, with enough experience to know that I am not bothered about having the latest flashiest gewgaw and with the knowledge that money isn’t everything. So there!