Reading Safe Passage

It's interesting to be reading Ida Cook's Safe Passage within the context of the recent economic news. I'm not very far into the book yet but here are a few gems that I've picked up.
There were Louise and I slowly sampling the early joys of record collecting. And "slowly" was the word. The buying of one new record meant much consultation, much planning and, frequently, going without a few lunches - which is, I still think, the way one should come to one's pleasures. That sense of glorious achievement is with me still, fifty years later. p. 27

It never occurred to Louise and me to suppose we might get someone else to provide us with what we wanted, or waste time envying those who, through force of circumstances, could do with ease what we must accomplish with difficulty and sacrifice. All our thoughts were concentrated on how we could do it. p 30

We all earned approximately three pounds a week, made our own clothes, saw life in simple terms, envied no one, often worked shockingly hard, but saved systematically for whatever we wanted and enjoyed it extravagantly when we got it. pp. 47-48

And this was all before they started saving lives. I haven't gotten that far into their story yet. But when I look around me and see all this stuff (and really, we don't have that much) it is making me feel about an inch tall. We have so much, and most of us tend to get it right away. When's the last time I really saved up for something and got it through sacrifice? I think that's something that many of us have forgotten and with the economy being what it is, something we might have to relearn. (Mind you it did not stop us from buying a Wii this week. Oops.)

When's the last time that you really saved up for something? Did you "enjoy it extravagantly" when you reached your goal?

Don't forget, I'm challenging everyone to donate $1 to Mrs. L classroom this month.