My lovely young daughters make me so proud.
They are such amazing little girls, and despite hitting a bump or two when we started traveling high speed down this road to less, they've really taken up the torch - as it were - on their own. I'm so impressed with, not only their willingness to really embrace living with less (at Christmas they, voluntarily and without any coaxing, made all of the gifts they gave - including some really lovely knitted items and gorgeous paintings - what good girls!), but also their ability to really make the best of things.
I guess the thing is that they have everything they need and a good deal of what they want, and all of the other stuff is just ... stuff, which isn't all that important in the greater scheme of things.
But knowing what the world is today and how most people react, especially to repairing rather than replacing, and having been raised deeply entrenched in the consumerist culture, I'm always amazed at how un-consumerist my little girls are.
Big Little Sister has just started guitar lessons. She's had her guitar for a while now. It was a Christmas gift about three years ago (Little Fire Faery was given a violin and Precious was given a ukulele the same year, and they are both taking lessons, too ... from the same person - who is promising a "family" ensemble lesson in the future :). The guitar came with a very cheap, soft-sided vinyl case, and while the guitar has survived unscathed, the case ... not so much. It had several holes in it, and initially, my intention was to replace it.
But it takes so much energy to go out to the store.
So, I grabbed the roll of duct tape.
I expected Big Little Sister to grumble a little. She didn't. In fact, she positively bubbled about how cool her guitar case looked.
Um .... Yeah ....
And not only did the duct taped bag not bother her - at all - but she also decided that adding some embellishments with colored electrical tape would be neat.
The finished product looks pretty ghetto ...
... but like a good book and most people, it's not what's on the outside that matters. It's what's on the inside that counts :).
Best of all, she practices every day, and when she practices, so do her sisters. I expect she'll be doing the Linda Perry thing in the not-too-distant future.