Last week I was at the book shop purchasing “real life & liars” by Kristina Riggle (more on this book soon) when I overheard a wonderful conversation.
A little girl in a marvelous pink sundress, funky braids sticking out every which way on her head, pointed stubbornly at a display of bookmarks and said, “Daddy, I NEED a bookmark.”
If she, by some remote chance, was actually old enough to read, she most certainly did not read books that required a bookmark, but her mature little stance, hands on her hips, as she made her declaration was perfectly remarkable. I nearly scooped up this child and carried her home with me. Heck, I would have lured her with candy and bookmarks right out the door.
Her Dad was much more practical, of course, and he said, “Do you need it? Or do you want it? There’s a difference.”
And, I have to tell you, this girl did not proceed to jump right in and start defending herself as children often do. Instead, she really thought about this. I mean, seriously considered this. She truly took her time. Eventually, she sighed, and said with confidence, “I don’t need it. I just want it.”
I nearly offered to buy this precious child 100 bookmarks of her choosing. She was just too much.
But, she made me think a lot about the things we need. I’m not sure how often we step back and ask ourselves: Do you need it? Or want it?