Of course, hindsight is always 20/20.
But that still doesn’t justify the foolish decision I made last year when buying my wife a birthday present.
Mary had hinted that she would like a new Adirondack chair, since our old ones were well beyond their useful life.
So I searched on Amazon, and found what seemed to be the perfect chair. Now since it was for her birthday, it just didn’t seem right to order two of them. I didn’t want it to seem like I was also benefiting from her special day.
So I ordered one (cost = $96), and it turned out to be exactly what she wanted. So far, so good.
Since we still had our old chairs, we could sit outside together. Having unmatched chairs wasn’t a pretty picture, but it was functional. But it wasn’t long before those old ones had to be retired. Now we were left with one Adirondack chair in our front yard. On our walks through the neighborhood, it soon became pretty obvious that we were the only house that had just one chair in the front yard, everyone else had a matching pair.
We got by for a while by bringing out our beach chairs when we wanted to sit outside together, or one of us would simply sit on the front door stoop.
Finally, about a month ago, I couldn’t take it any longer, and I decided to buy a second one. The problem was that in just one year, the price of the identical chair had nearly doubled, to $190. All of a sudden, it didn’t seem that important to have a matching chair.
So in hindsight, yes, I should have originally bought two of them together.
I wish I could blame the problem on COVID and how it disrupted the global supply chain, but in reality, it reflects my short-sighted, and cheap, approach to decision making.
So maybe someday we’ll get that second chair. But I’m sure even if we do, it won’t stop the neighbors from talking about us…