I was in a charity book shop this week. Breathing in the musty fumes, of old, forgotten books, relegated to a box in the loft, and now released again for a new life, when I heard a lady say…
“We can’t afford them all”
My ears pricked up like those of a dog hearing the rattle of their dinner bowl.
Upon further listening I hear a Mother talking to her maybe 4 year old daughter. (well I guess 4, I’m not good at judging these things)
“No you can’t have all these books, we can’t afford them all” gets repeated again
“Let me check how many pennies I have” says the lady, as all the money falls from her purse and clatters noisily to the floor.
So surely this is typical exchange? Surely this is the type of discussion we are having every day .
AND of course it’s not feasible to have ALL we want.
Or is it?