I had a private smile to myself tonight whilst the family was watching a spot of after-dinner TV.
An ad came on for some lovely spec' home showing stunning visuals of the perfect suburban home flicking across the screen - the punchline being uttered by a thoroughly contented 'wife' along the lines of "Just imagine....a home of our own!" (or some such contrived drivel). Dear daughter #4 absent-mindedly mutters under her breath "Yeah, and enter into a life time of crippling debt...hmmmm".
I smiled because the reaction of my DD#4 was totally unscripted and not said to draw attention - it was a genuine yet subconscious reaction to the ad'. It is moments like these when you know that the message is sinking in.
Then I got to thinking about other things my children do that show me in small ways that the message of thrift, frugality and self reliance are quietly having an effect......I love how they all like to cook from scratch. I love it how they sneak out and check the progress of vegetables growing in the garden for their own satisfaction and not to just humour me. I love it when I get text messages from my fashion-conscious 18 year old about how many eggs got laid today. I love it when oh-so-very-educated-and-smart 22 year old asks if we are making another self-watering vegetable box this coming weekend. I love it when our no-I'm-not-coming-out-of-my-bedroom-ever 16 year old finishes painting her nails and then goes and mucks out the rabbit cage and inspects the compost heap. I love it when savvy-business-owner 25 year old bursts through the door utterly excited at the cook books she has scored for a dollar each. I love it that academic-nurse-student-come-artist 20 year old has taught herself to make drop dead delicious pastry from scratch, squeals at new strawberries and sneaks spoonfuls "yucky" homemade yoghurt when she thinks I'm not looking.
|Making up a self-watering tomato|
box with materials at hand.
It's these little indicators that tell me all is well in our family 'garden'.
Enjoy your weekend folks - take care and stay nice.