Ahh…The Promise of Spring
Hurrying into the grocery store before an impending snow storm, I was delighted by the delicious scent of strawberries on display just inside the store. Ahh…the promise of spring!
Pulled by an invisible thread, I approached the display of berries. One dollar for a quart! WOW!
As I looked more closely the berries didn’t look so great; I resisted my urge to purchase.
As I made my way out of the produce section, my husband called my cell. He wanted to change his incoming flight so he could beat the storm. Could I call the airline? Sure! I’ll do it while shopping.
I soon discovered that I only had reception in direct sight of the strawberry display. On hold for twenty minutes, I was able to watch an interesting phenomenon.
Women walked into the store and were drawn in, as I was. Almost without exception, they looked at the strawberries, saw that they were less than perfect, glanced at the sale sign, shrugged their shoulders, and put the berries into their carts.
I was fascinated! What drew them to purchase something, knowing that it was less than perfect? Was it the sale price? Was it the scent? Was it the promise of something in the future?
I wondered, is this how we shop for clothes? Do we settle for low prices and promises? Do we justify our purchases while looking in the mirror at an outfit that looks ‘okay’ at best? Do we hide garments in the back of our closet so we don’t feel guilty about our questionable decisions?
I’d love to sit and ponder this with you, but I just remembered that I have a quart of strawberries in my refrigerator. I have to tend to them before they spoil. Ugh!