That was the first thing.
And that was an eye-opening back to back set of experiences for me. In fact, I almost started to cry (just a tiny bit) as I went back in to select a loaf. It was a tad ridiculous. I had no idea I'd let things get to this point.
Our consumer culture is not a good thing. We buy too much junk (both food and objects) which we don't need to fill our lives and days in a way that, in general, depletes us rather than fulfills us. We under-value our finite, precious natural resources used to produce, package, and transport all these things we buy. It makes me sad to see all the waste and shameless, almost non-stop consumption.
Honestly, I wouldn't want to be a completely isolated, independent bubble even if I could. Needing each other is what builds community, friendships, peace! Needing each other is a good thing--so long as we remember there is another human being, another community on the opposite end of our transaction.
Which brings me to today--November 1st--the launch of No-Shop-November 2016. Matt refilled our containers of oil, flour, and salt over the past week in preparation. He bought toilet paper and tofu. This year we're keeping a beer and ticket allowance for concert/event nights out and a gas allowance for the car, but we're otherwise hoping to do no spending whatsoever. Not just food, as in past years, but no shopping. Period. I look forward to it immensely in my twisted, anti-consumer way.
|All photos from grape pressing day with Memo.|