I’m really understanding this conversation right now!
“I really like my bedspread and rug, Ma,” I said to her, “but it seems to me I’m paying an awfully big price for them.”
“I was sure you’d feel that way,” Ma replied. “That has to be the most expensive bookcase ever built.”
“Bookcase? I’m working for the bedspread.”
“That’s true,” Ma said. “But think back. Because of the bookcase, you needed curtains. Then the walls had to be painted. Now the rug and spread have been dyed. That’s often the way, Mabel. The more we have, the more we think we need.” From Treasures from Grandma by Arleta Richardson