October 27, 2015

I discovered our local Goodwill store is open until 9pm, which gives me an option for evening donations on busy days like today when I gave a lecture, had lunch with good friends, edited an article I’d written, shopped for a Halloween costume for our son Theo, helped him with homework and cooked dinner.

So while my husband David was taking Theo to soccer practice, I gathered a few of Theo’s old clothes and took them to Goodwill. I dropped them off at the counter, but didn’t leave right away. Since I was there, I thought I’d take a quick look around. Why not? I deserved a little treat after a busy day and everything’s cheap here, right? So I wandered around through the women’s clothes, tried on a couple of items that looked ok. I would have probably bought them last year, but this year I’m a little stricter with myself as I’m not supposed be acquiring. In the end I found a paisley-design skirt that I liked and tried it on. I can see myself wearing it this fall and winter so I decided to buy it. But, so that my closet would be fuller when I got home, I wore the new skirt to the checkout, paid for it and donated the black skirt I’d come in. I headed home feeling a little guilty about my new acquisition but less than I would have without my final donation.

When David and Theo got home from soccer practice, David looked at me and said, “Nice skirt. Is that new?” I explained that I’d just bought it while they were out and asked him if he remembered what I’d been wearing before. He didn’t. The guilt is starting to fade already…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s