Some of the neighbors near the arts fest yesterday were having yard sales, and I scooped up a box of those porcelain Christmas cottages and accessories for $5.
I showed my neighbor, and she wrinkled her nose. “You like those things?” she said.
“Yeah, I do,” I said. “Plus, I figure sooner or later, I’m going to be a grandmother, and that’s the kind of thing little kids love.”
The guy who sold them told me he and his wife are “really, really into Christmas.”
“So why are you getting rid of these?”
“I replaced them with a complete reproduction of the Wildwood boardwalk,” he said. “I even made the boardwalk out of individual pieces of balsa wood.” (Wildwood is the blue-collar beach town known for a huge boardwalk – “Las Vegas by the sea,” I call it.)
That just tickled me. I love these little enthusiasms that get us through the day, don’t you?
What’s your hobby? Other than smashing the oligarchy, I mean.