Overcoming Temptation

I’m drifting in and out of cooped-up for too long gloom, and obviously, this means I want to buy things. A little of this, a little of that. Some relic of the outside world to brighten my day. The only thing that keeps me from spending a fortune is that I don’t have a fortune.

There’s a painting of a mockingbird I want for my office. Never mind the fact that I don’t have an office, or the fact that I would most likely go insane, if I thought the pandemic was going to go on long enough to make building an office seem like a good idea. And let’s not even talk about what the mockingbird costs.

And there’s a carpet cleaner. And a t-shirt. I actually could afford a t-shirt. And cleaning the carpets wouldn’t be the worst idea.

I wouldn’t go out on a random shopping trip, if that were an option, but suddenly, it seems like I desperately need everything I see, and I see a lot on the internet.

Allow me to consult my shopping list.

Why no. The only thing on this list is tuna fish. How odd. I could have sworn I was supposed to pick up components for a robotic personal assistant.



  1. A.S. Akkalon


    You’re not at all tempted to paint yourself a mocking bird on the wall? But then I suppose you’d need to buy paints…

    • Reply

      It’s not really that I want “a” mockingbird. It’s a morality tale for us creative types. The artist is an acquaintance who spent his whole life in a “sensible” career, and then became an artist, when he retired. Fairly successful, from what I can tell. Think how much happier he would have been, if he had just done that from the beginning. (Although, admittedly, probably poorer.)
      I might have some paint lying around the house… But no. It’s not mockingbird paint. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to draw some parrot pictures for that picture book of mine, though.

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