“I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest, to make money they don’t want, to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like.”
― Emile Gauvreau
Then. I. Jumped.
Life is simple now. I buy little recycled plastic bottle flowers made by local school kids to fund their school projects.
I shop in small Mom and Pop grocery stores and fruit stands. I buy fish on the beach from our local fishermen, who still use dugout canoes and cast into our sweet sea with large nets.
Like a fairy tale, this little piggy still goes to market.
When traveling abroad, I support the local vendors. In Mexico, I shop at the colorful local markets. I can find everything I need…even kitchen sinks.
In Panama, while waiting for the bus, I can buy chicks. I’m intrigued at the handmade indigenous clothing.
Puerto Rico has a fine assortment of peppers and little doors.
I’m overwhelmed when I return to the United States. The excess…the marketing…the consumerism.. fills me with dread.
I used to spend my life doing things I detested…to make money I’d spend frivolously and thoughtlessly…to impress people I didn’t like anyway.
I. Jumped. And now, life is so much more gratifying.
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