I can clearly remember when I was about 10 years old thinking about what I would have when I was rich. Did I really understand the meaning of ‘rich’? Possibly not.
My family were staying at the beach for our annual holiday and I was struggling to put on a pair of damp bathers in order to go to the beach after lunch. You see, we might have been on holidays at the beach but certain rules of etiquette still applied. One was that you did not come to the dining table to eat lunch dressed in your swimwear. So, after being at the beach in the morning you were changed for lunch. The swimwear was rinsed and hung on the line. However, they were not completely dry by the time I wanted to go back to the beach in the afternoon – no lycra swimwear then, so it took ages to dry. I dreamed of the day when I was rich and could have two pairs of bathers.
When I was in my late teens and working, I did have a couple of pairs of bikinis but this was a fashion statement rather than any sort of practical application of my childhood fantasy.
Swimming is not a major pastime for me so one pair of bathers is generally sufficient and the challenge of buying decent swimwear that I am happy with is usually enough to stop me even considering buying more. However, I did buy a second pair last year when I was away at a conference and unexpectedly had an opportunity to go swimming. I was fortunate to find what I regarded as the perfect pair of bathers – style, colour and price.
We have 2 beach holidays coming up in the next 6 months so my 2 pairs of bathers will definitely come in handy. Perhaps I will feel rich, too.
I recently decided to buy a sarong to co-ordinate with the second pair of bathers. Whilst I am not a huge fan of online shopping for clothes, it was a godsend in this instance. Size is not an issue for a sarong and the internet allowed me to search literally hundreds of sarongs to find one in a colour and pattern I wanted.
The parcel arrived yesterday and I am happy with my purchase.
This is the other sarong and bathers so I am all prepared for the beach.
How rich am I with 2 sets of co-ordinating beachwear?
What makes you feel rich?