Junk mail? Never! Catalogs are a girls best friend. How many times have you walked in the door after work and there they were , stacked , glossy and waiting next to the mail? Crate and Barrel, Garnet Hill, Pottery Barn, William Sonoma, Heineman , Title Nine…..
Your family knows nothing is recycled until you’ve had a gander. It takes a few minutes to unload, hang up your coat, check on the kids, and inquire about their day. Next, gather the materials for dinner and do a little prep. Run upstairs for yoga pants, fleece, and slippers. Pour a little glass of wine and grab those new arrivals. Slip to a comfortable chair and begin to peruse. AAAHHH!
I cannot say how many times I have enjoyed this ritual, maybe once a week. I love flipping slowly through the pages allowing my mind to leave the day behind. Coats, pans, shoes, pillows, candles. Occasionally I search out the cost of an item but rarely do I purchase anything. Colors and patterns float by . Beautiful rooms and tables full of delicious foods rest before my eyes. I take a sip and cozy down into my chair. My limbs relax and the day continues to float away. I don’t have to talk or think, in fact it is one of the most mindless of past times. Two or three catalogs will do it.
I know the secret. Catalog viewing causes me to stop, slow down, and sit. The quiet rhythmic turning of pages lulls my mind. There is nothing expected on my end. I can start at the back or the front. I can finish a catalog or not I may even ear tag a page or two Soon it is time to return to my world.
My husband used to ask,” why do you look through those? You never buy anything.” I think he’s on to me now
because there are catalogs now, waiting for me to inhale.
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