As I get older and the petit garcon is growing up my frame of reference keeps changing. I'm still the same but I have to temper my lifestyle, wants and ideas according to so many factors, namely restrictions and the ever increasing cost of living.
This means I have been very good on the consumption front as I no longer earn in the way I did before. But I had to laugh at the forming consumption pattern of a certain young man.
Saturday shopping is my idea of hell but I had to go to Kingston to order a new sofa in the Sofa Workshop sale. It was the only chance of affording one from there and I have to say they have a lovely selection and we had wonderful service. As we were in the Bentalls centre I popped in Gap to get a present for a neighbour who has just had a baby. Well the petit garcon was straight in there to select an outfit for himself! He spied a top which he insisted he 'needed for golf to look like Tiger Woods.' I started to protest but there was no point in upsetting a father/son moment.
I was caught between the idea of not having something just because you want it and also as I had not allocated any money for that purchase and being a indulgent parent! I was also quite impressed by his knowing what he wanted, the ability to create a look!! Anyway, given we never go shopping usually I thought there would be no real harm in it.
And he did look quite cute and grown up as he set off for the driving range the next day with his dad.