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Day 355

I have never been one of those people who needed the latest and greatest of anything. I have generally been quite content to enjoy what I have been fortunate to have.

Our house is a small two bedroom place on a 3 acre plot of natural forest. We have a room for guests and if the grandkids come we make do with couches and air mattresses.

As a kid we often slept on the floor when company came. It was a given that we would give up our rooms for our guests — no questions asked.

When we visited our grandmother, she pulled out a feather bed for us to sleep on. Boy could we pile a lot of kids on that thing! Maybe that’s why I love this song so much.

I cannot help but wonder why some people have an insatiable appetite for more and more and more.

I am not saying I never buy things because I do. But once I have something functional I am not so quick to toss it aside for the latest and greatest of everything.

Gifts of flowers or jewelry or fancy cars are wasted on me. I would much rather have a gesture of love and thoughtfulness than big ticket items.

Maybe it boils down to where we fall within the five love languages if you believe that sort of thing. According to Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, the five love languages are:

  • receiving gifts
  • quality time
  • words of affirmation
  • acts of service (devotion)
  • physical touch

I suppose I fall between quality time and acts of service.

I do wonder what makes some people need a constant stream of costly gifts in order to feel loved.

Just pondering. Where do you fall within the five love languages?

Ever sleep on a feather bed?