Sunday, December 16, 2007

$100 Worth of Pleasure

My mom and I went to Seattle to visit my sisters recently. We were getting ready to go Christmas shopping at University Village when she announced that she wanted to give each of us $100 to get something for ourselves. It was truly a surprise because her offer broke the rules. You see, after years of giving every person in the family a present, we had decided to draw names instead. So her offer, though generous, could be deamed by the Holiday-Police, as cheating. But oh well. Who am I to argue with a hundred dollars?

Usually one to think things to death, I was pleased and surprised with myself for making decisions very quickly. I decided to get something that I wouldn't buy for myself. And now, back at home, with my new treasures, I think it's interesting to look at the choices I made. Here they are;

1. A bottle of perfume from Brighton, called "Live."
2. A bracelet from Chico's that has words like "Dream Big" and "Peace" on it.
3. A silver oval necklace with swirls on it.
4. The book, "Eat, Pray, Love."

As I look at the things that bring me pleasure, I think it says a lot about me. Now it's your turn. What would you buy with $100? What brings you pleasure? And no, you can't give the money away...and you can't pay bills with it. You must choose something completely impractical!

My sister took a picture of my mom and I after she bought the bracelet for me. The look on our faces is one of pure joy. Though the money was nice, the joy of spending an afternoon together really was...priceless. ~Karen

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