So thankful to my friend and sister Redbud, Bronwyn Lea, for reposting this piece (originally published at olivemepost.com.) Several of you have asked about it–so here it is again, a slightly newer version. I hope you enjoy!
…Thereâ€™s a reason why Stephen Sondheimâ€™s Into the Woods and Disneyâ€™s latest production of the same title are bookended by two powerful words: I wish. The point is wishing is cyclical. We wish. We receive. We wish again.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with online shopping, I began fixating on what I didnâ€™t have, couldnâ€™t afford, and yet desperately longed for. I wasted long hours placing household items into online shopping carts only to delete them in a moment of anti-materialist resolve, only to later add them again.
My wishing swiftly mutated into obsessing, and likewise I transformed from a sweet Sondheim fairy tale character into a nighttime Gatsby; surrounded by my new beautiful kitchen while staring out at the Other Kitchens just out of reach. And all of this was literally in the span of a week.
In scientific terms: Girl. Gone. Cray. Cray.
Incidentally, as swiftly as the wishing came, the shame followed….
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