Can there be too much of a good thing? I found the answer to this question in the isles of Walmart. I was standing there in front of the Oreos amazed. It used to be so easy. . .just grab the bag and go. And then they came out with double stuffed and I was excited! But now they have triple stuffed (which is TOO much) and there are the Oreos with mint filling and strawberry filling and peanut butter filling. It's just too much.
And then I went over to the coffee isle to pick up coffee for small group. I am not a coffee drinker so coffee is not something I usually buy. But I was hosting this group and I knew everyone else were coffee drinkers. And so I found myself staring at coffee with my mouth hanging open in disbelief. . .I won't even mention all the flavors there are. I just wanted to get plain black coffee. But even that was not easy. There was classic roast, dark roast, there were light, medium, and dark and on and on and on. I was almost in tears. I just grabbed one and prayed they would like it.
Then I went over to the toothpaste isle and guess what. There were a gazillion brands and each brand had the option of having a whitening system built in or not, did I want baking soda in my toothpaste, did I want mint and did I want that in clear or paste or with sparkles.
I just have too many things on my mind and don't need to stand in front of every single item trying to make a decision on what cookies, coffee or toothpaste to buy.
What's the deal? Are the markets just trying to please everyone knowing everyone has different tastes? My grandmother never, ever used a tube of toothpaste. She always made a paste of baking soda and water in the palm of her hand and brushed with that for over 90 years. She never went to the dentist and had the straightest, whitest, strongest teeth ever. So simple! So easy! So cheap!
I ponder why so many choices have become available and why everything is so expensive. Back in my grandparents day, things seemed so much more relaxed and easier, even though they were hard workers, it was a good kind of work and they layed down at night and slumbered well. I think it's because they didn't have all these choices to make. And they had more free time to do what was important. I lay down at night and think of things like Oreos, coffee and toothpastes and then wonder why we all have to go to the dentist every year.
I think things should go back to the way they were before. Just run in for a loaf of bread and go. My grandparents would be back home enjoying a beautiful evening out together in the back yard. I'm still in the store deciding which bread to pick up. . .white or wheat and if wheat should I get the 100% whole wheat, the golden wheat or the dark wheat with all the seeds on it, or do I get pumpernickel, or go for the Italian or the Rye or Potato or French. And do I want to get round bread or in a loaf. Do I want baguets? Do I want cinnamon, raisin bread and if so, do I want it with the icing on top or plain? Or would I rather go to the refrigerated section and select Ezekiel bread? By the time I get home from the store I am worn out and hubby wonders why I feel the need to go take a nap.
Yes the older I get, the simpler I like it. I'm all for going back to the mom and pop stores where they just had one kind of each item or maybe two but not a gazillion. I'm stocking up on baking soda. Yes, I want a simpler life.