OSTENTATION – Marilyn Armstrong

WHO’S OSTENTATIOUS?

FOWCYou must be talking about someone else. We live in an old house, drive an old (yet somehow, not fully paid for) car. We wear ratty clothing (it’s really because of the dogs — nice clothing would just get covered by hair, so what’s the point?). We live in a town where you couldn’t buy a luxury item for love or money. No one sells luxury items unless you count the lumber yard or Walmart as luxury purveyors.

You know what’s really weird? I have never had any interest in impressing the world with my goods. I occasionally envy someone’s location. They live in a particularly beautiful place or near an ocean … but of all my sins, envy isn’t one of them. I come from a family where comparing things you bought is not about how much you spent, but how much you saved. As in: “I got this $400 suit for $25 on the super clearance rack!”

That’s bragging. Telling people you paid the full price for any item? Why would that impress anyone?

It’s probably why we aren’t rich. To become wealthy, you have to care about money and we’ve simply never cared enough. These days, though, I wish we’d cared a little more.



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8 replies

  1. Great post – Does it say anything about me that I had to look up the word ostentation?!

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  2. I’ve never cared about money either, having enough for food, a roof over our heads, clothes and a couple of trips to the store for books, records or a movie was plenty. My ex left when the kids were 12 and 8 so I couldn’t afford the extras. Regular running shoes, fine, but if you wanted the 120.00 kind, you needed to kick in the rest. To my mind, we had all we needed. We had love affection, acceptance and a closeness not many manage in a family. To my way of thinking, that is true riches. Ostentatiousness is for those lacking substance. Just a thought.

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    • Love your blog on Ostentation! My family is Irish American, and I like to joke that my people prefer babies to money. We all wear thrift store clothes and brag about Goodwill items that still have tags on them! SCORE! I love the exit material here as well, perhaps a few more financial aspirations would be useful! There is always next year. 🙂 Sigh.

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      • I never cared about money until we retired. Then, suddenly, you realize the lack of money isn’t going to go up with your next job because there IS no next job. Still and all, who brags about spending full price on anything? I think in this town, the two thrift stores are the most popular shopping sites 😀

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      • lol. Yes indeed! I think I’m now in love with the Irish! woot woot. I adore babies, number one, and I don’t see the need to spend every dime on “nothing” because it won’t fit tomorrow, or it’ll be faded into nonexistence. lol

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  3. Could not agree more with what you have mentioned on the savings part.

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