It’s such a beautiful day in downtown Fort Worth. At 64 degrees, walkers are in shirt sleeves and basking in the sun. It’s a wonderful day to be outside, enjoying the warm weather before the cold front moves in later this week.
Annie is feeling extremely grateful today. While reading Thoreau’s WALDEN, she learned more about the father of simplicity and his two years, two months, and two days, spent living on Walden Pond in a house he built himself.
He was a squatter, living on land owned by another, and yet he thrived on the simple life. According to Thoreau himself, he was a handyman. “My furniture, part of which I made myself, and the rest cost me nothing of which I have not rendered an account, consisted of a bed, a table, a desk, three chairs, a looking-glass three inches in diameter, a pair of tongs and andirons, a kettle, a skillet, a frying-pan, a dipper, a wash-bowl, two knives and forks, three plates, one cup, one spoon, a jug for oil, a jug for molasses, and a japanned lamp. None is so poor that he need sit on a pumpkin. That is shiftlessness.”
Just for today, Annie wants to live the simple life. Yet, it seems difficult in this consumer-based world. Just for today, she is spending no money, doing no work, and cleaning out more of the storage area to give away stuff to people who may better use it. If something hasn’t been used in two years, don’t you think it’s time to donate it to the YWCA Resale Shop on Camp Bowie or take it to the Salvation Army or Goodwill? Share and feel lighter.
Annie Ambles lives simply (if only for the day)