“He looks like Buster Brown.”
This statement is equal parts puzzling and entertaining when you don’t know who Buster Brown is. That’s the camp I fell into before today.
I could tell my mom was dismayed over my son’s new haircut based solely on her delivery. The deadpan look. The hand on her hip. The click of her tongue behind her teeth. If we’re being perfectly frank, so was I.
I fared the jab, laughing it off.
Then I actually Googled Buster Brown. An actual guffaw rumbled out of my belly. Tears rolled down my cheeks. I was LOLing in the most literal sense.
Even when he isn’t trying to be terrifying, he is.
Buster Brown is also a watershed moment. Or perhaps I should rephrase. Realizing that my husband and I turned our adorable toddler into Buster Brown is the watershed. And I’m not talking about tears. Of joy or otherwise.
Will my son outgrown this haircut? Yes, of course. Will my husband ever live it down? Not a chance. But the point is that there is no harm, no foul here. In fact, ridiculous haircut aside, we did actually come out ahead in terms of time and money.
His haircut doesn’t bother me. Not really. I am no stranger to being incredibly frugal with my locks. But in this moment, I realize that once again, we are losing sight of the bigger picture.
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Sometimes spending is the answer.
A lot of times it’s not.
Most of the the time it’s actually the problem.
But sometimes spending is the answer.
Sometimes when you’ve been given oodles of hand-me-down shirts but the only pants that kind of match are so long your son is constantly tripping over them, you need to spend. Sometimes when you do your best to cook dinner from scratch but are also wrangling a toddler so the ground turkey resembles bouncy balls, you need to spend.
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Sometimes life gets messy. Sometimes things get hard. Sometimes a little bit of spending can lessen the load, put a little more pep in your step, or fulfill an actual need.
The point isn’t to never spend. That’s the opposite side of the same coin that I am all too familiar with.
The point is to spend when it matters on things that matter.
The point isn’t to be so principled, so puritanical that no one, not even myself, can uphold my standards and expectations.
The point is to believe in something but to also understand that life is the biggest multivariable equation there is. And sometimes, we have to make small concessions in order to focus on what really matters in the long run.
A lot of times that means savings. A lot of times that means looking at all the other options besides buying. But sometimes that means spending.
And that’s alright.
So Tell Me…When was a time recently when spending was the right decision for you?
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