I love how sharp they are and yet very light weight. I love that they are made with one piece of metal. I love how easy cutting has become - slicing, dicing, chopping, peeling, etc. I find myself making excuses to cut food, just so I can use my new knives.
I find the ease of use adds to the fun of cooking for me. I love to cook. I love to entertain and I love making food that people enjoy to eat. Using the correct equipment makes it easier. A new “toy” will do that for me.
When I was a child, I loved new toys. I found them exciting to play with and figure out. When the “new” toys became “old” toys they weren’t as special anymore. I would find that I started to lose the appreciation of the joy they bought me when I first received them.
Looking back I’ve observed – when the “newness” wore off, I went back to my “favorite” toy. I would pick it back up and play with it. My favorite never worried that it would be abandoned forever. It knew that soon I would return because I felt loved by it and comforted by it. My favorite toy was this baby doll that I received when I was two years old. I still have it. I called it “Boy.”
As an adult maturity comes into play and I try to appreciate what I have and what I receive. I don’t tire of some things when I’ve had them for a long time – my camera, my laptop, my shoes, etc. I find that I’m more grateful for what I have and want to hold on to it.
When we left Washington, I gave up many things. We gave away, sold or threw away many favorite “toys” I had. It was hard. I still miss my sewing machine. To be honest I didn’t use it often, but now keep finding projects I would do or could do if I still had it.
This is life. You grow up and sometimes you move on. You leave behind things.
While we traveled during our road trip the one thing I realize that I didn’t lose, even if it’s left behind, are friends and memories. Those I took with me wherever I went. New memories and new friends are important. It doesn’t betray the “old” but it enriches life.
I thank God for all that He has given me. The most important are the people that He placed in my life and I’ve had the opportunity to love.
© Nadine Zawacki 2009