Croissants for breakfast with lashings of butter - £2
Birthday card with Maggie on the cover of “Hot Fuzz” – 3 hours of playing around in Photoshop
Coffee with scones and jam at a local café - £6.25
Picnic at Carrick beach – the cost of bread, eggs, mayonnaise, bananas and petrol
Small kite tangled in gorse and briars, out of reach so lost forever - £2
Ice creams at Cream ’O Galloway - £5.20
An afternoon spent in front of the TV with a cup of tea, watching a Bette Davis film, while I had a nap and the kids made the birthday cake – £ really very little
A spread of tasty food – less than £10
Rogan-made chocolate malty cake with chocolate butter icing filling, coated with chocolate ganache running down the sides and over then edge of the cake-dish, with crumbled flake, white chocolate curls and white-chocolate-strawberry-truffles on top - £10
Presents from me, Rogan and Meg – less than £30
“No Country for Old Men” hired on DVD - £1.50
Maggie feeling loved, special and indulged all day on her birthday – priceless
There are some things lots of money can buy, but we’ve never had lots of money.
However, time, thought and attention are infinitely more valuable.
It’s taken a while, but I think I finally understand now.