I was recently invited to an online Pampered Chef party. I remember attending my first Tupperware party with my mother. I was about 15. The guests played games, won small prizes, ate some great food, then got down to the business of seeing Tupperware in action and making their orders. The guest’s excitement played heavily into the business model. Being among friends while shopping made the whole experience fun, and, I am sure, more lucrative for the host and sales person.
As I sat looking through the Pampered Chef catalog on my I-pad, I was struck by several things. I missed my friends who were all at the party live back in my home town. Together, they were enjoying the featured Pampered Chef dish, and each other’s company. Meanwhile, I was on my couch in Florida trying to decide what to purchase. As I looked at the offerings, I realized that I am on the down side of purchasing cooking equipment. I rarely cook any more and I have untouched boxes of cooking paraphernalia in my garage. Scouring the pages, I considered two small items. Would the purchase of $10 worth of gadgetry be worth the effort of placing an order?
Attempting to peer into the crystal ball of my life, I began to wonder how much cooking lay ahead and whether instead of buying more cooking equipment, maybe I should be looking at letting go of all the stuff I am no longer using. I think of all the things I felt I needed when I was younger. All the parties and activities. Now my soul calls for small, simple gatherings with close friends and deeper connections. The stuff I have accumulated is extra baggage now.
In the end, I decided not to make a Pampered Chef purchase, even though a part of me longed to be a part of the fun. I began, instead, to prepare a box of cooking equipment for Brooke and a box to donate.