Monday, March 16, 2009
I have a confession to make: I have a problem --- a subscription addiction. I like to subscribe to magazines. I have willpower when the cost is exorbitant, but when I start getting offers for $20 for two years or even $7 for one, well then, I think, I can certainly splurge a little bit and spend seven measly dollars! I love when a new issue arrives in the mailbox. The cover is shiny and the binding smooth. The front picture is always an enticing picture of what the coming months will bring -- September and October with pumpkins and gourds; November bedecked with Christmas trees and garlands; December and January full of organizational tips and helps for fulfilling resolutions; February and March bring hope of Spring.... aaah. I love to wait for a quiet moment to curl up in a chair and wade leisurely through the pages. Slowly and carefully I read each sentence then close my eyes and think of how I could translate it to my house. Often, I excitedly pull out a page or two thinking how fun it would be to make flower arrangements with the girls or make a yummy dessert with Charles. Somewhere along the way, however, my problem has turned into a PROBLEM and I have piles of magazines everywhere! Literally years worth. I do not have time to curl up in said chair and I certainly do not have time to do anything slowly and carefully. No sooner do I bring a fresh magazine up to my bedroom then the baby has viciously torn the lovely cover in two and then without a pause he heartlessly turns to the back as well. Who wants to read a limp, old, crumply mess anyway? So in an effort to stem the clutter and stop the tide of mail, catch up on the piles I already have and turn my attention to more important things, I, with extreme self-control and utmost effort, have refused the renewal notices coldheartedly. I turn my back on them and say, "No!" Last year, I stopped my subscription to House and Garden and it has gone out of business. I stopped my subscription to Home and it has gone out of business. I stopped my subscription to Country Home and it has gone out of business. I stopped my subscription to Cottage Living, a publication full of great ideas for my lovely, old house, and it has gone out of business. I stopped my subscription to Domino, a wonderful new magazine that I really enjoyed, and -- it has gone out of business! I just wanted to take a break, regroup, and so forth. I was considering subscribing again at a later date. I thought it was fine for other people to be reading them while I wasn't. I felt secure knowing they were in the world somewhere if I needed them. I had no idea the impact my decisions had on the world, but it looks as if I have single-handedly toppled the magazine industry! And I feel kind of bad about it.