Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Card collecting maturity
I’ve got a big, life-changing event coming up this December. I’ll become a first-time dad. I’m expecting a son in late December. It’s shifted my financial priorities around a bit, as I find myself asking “do I really need this?” a lot more than ever. I’ve still maintained my collecting, just to a smaller scale – a $3 eBay purchase here or a value box of Topps there. Each time I’m about to make a purchase, I really ponder.
This past weekend I was at Target. I ventured to the card aisle and was prepared to pick up a $14.99 value box of Topps. As I carried it around the store, I happened to walk past the infant/toddler section and saw a bunch of clothes neatly stacked. In what I feel like was really my first act as a dad, I did something I didn’t expect. I walked over to the card aisle and put the value box back.
I then returned to the infant section. I picked up a pair of little pants, a sweatshirt, and two outfits – my total? $18.88. Instead of buying cards, I bought my son clothes. It was a gratifying experience and it really seemed to make it a lot more real – I’m going to be a dad.
I hope to one day collect cards with my son, and I hope that in the near future I’m well enough off financially that I don’t have to think as hard about these purchases. However, I’ll definitely never forget the time I put cards back and bought my kid clothes, and the feeling of satisfaction that it gave me.