Enough is a Feast


Farmer Di head shotMary: “It’s time for our outing in the park.
Michael: “ I don’t want an outing. I want to tidy up the nursery again.
Mary:Enough is as good as a feast. Come along, please.” 

Amir and I were watching a video (yes, a video) of Mary Poppins last night.  Michael had so much fun tidying the nursery with magic that he wanted to do it again. To which Mary Poppins, in her transcendental and infinite wisdom, replied, “Enough is as good as a feast.”

Mary Poppins poster
Ever cheerful and optimistic, Mary Poppins declares that “Enough is a Feast!” Feasting in itself, however, often leaves you with that empty feeling. Better to just have enough. 

(I also noticed that I somehow missed the arrogance and vanity of Mary Poppins' character when I watched it as a child....)

Now why hadn’t that line jumped out at me before? It could be because I haven’t watched Mary Poppins since I was about 12, and decidedly unenlightened, all claims to the contrary aside.  But this time the line delighted me. Because with all the scrimping and saving and cutting back we’ve been doing around here, we are finding ourselves satisfied with less and less. Not just satisfied, actually, but increasingly satisfied.

Because I enjoy picking on Starbucks as much as the next person, I’ll start there.  Growing up in surrounds of Berkeley, California, we had our pick of atmospheric coffee shops serving proper coffee drinks. Peet’s Coffee, of course, being the precursor to Starbucks. I spent a couple of summers in my college years working at Ortman’s Ice Cream Parlor on Solano Avenue. The venerable, aged and spry Mr. Ortman would be there in the back room every morning before opening, making up the batch of the day and then some. Old timers and local merchants filled the parlor for lunch, sitting on ornate wrought iron chairs around linoleum-topped tables, ordering delectables such as grilled cheese sandwiches and egg salad on rye from the equally old-timer wait staff (with the exception of a couple of whippersnappers like me), most of them finishing off with a scoop of ice cream – butter pecan being a favorite.

2/21/2012 4:03:57 PM

Di, welcome to the GRIT world of blogging. Many bloggers here have similar interests with you. As for me, I'm kind of in the middle of road. I live in a urban environment but still like to live as simple as I can. I probably will never get to the point of cost saving that you and your husband have reached. I'm definitely in support of those that can live the simple country life. I so enjoy a good cup of coffee but never have bought from the local shops on a regular basis. My coffee shop sets on my kitchen counter in the kitchen. My cheap German heritage just won't let me spend that much on a cup of coffee too often. If it weren't for my daughter and grandson who live with me, I probably wouldn't have cable TV either. Most of my favorite show are on the Internet with very minimal advertising. As you have stated, it's great to be able to watch a show in 45 minutes instead of an hour with 15 minutes of advertising for things that we just can't live without. Yeah, right. My grandson just can't believe there was a time when no one had a TV .... or a computer. Well, we did have a lot of time to talk to each other. All your tips were great and I had to ponder each one and wonder if I could incorporate them into urban city living. It's a little tough to do that when other people in the house are not of like mind. Hopefully that will change someday. Have a great simple country life day.

Rodney Ahlgrim
2/21/2012 4:14:18 AM

Great article, I grew up on a small family farm and now that I spend most of my time in a larger city, it is the family farm that I look forward to taking my family back to enjoy more peace and quiet along with some self created activity.

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