I grew up with simple, short hair cuts and wearing hand-me-down clothes that were usually several years old. I got teased mercilessly. By the time I hit junior high, I learned to style my hair and wore simple jeans and t-shirts. I learned not to care so much if I fit in. The other kids learned I was a good listener and was sincere. I wasn’t “popular” but I was basically respected. In high school I was happy to go against the grain for the most part. Mr. Amazing has never been interested in style, fashion, or popularity, so we made a good fit. It’s been easy on our children for the most part, since we homeschool. They have learned comfort and practicality here on the farm are most important. Occasionally we see some fun new style (usually something old, made over) and thriftily try to make it ourselves. Thriftiness and quality are most important and if you want to do something fun, be peculiar about it. Make it unique and personal, not just whatever everyone else is doing.
Yes, we are peculiar. We wear simple denim and t-shirts. Our house needs new siding. We never get around to putting up lights in December and we don’t have a swimming pool. These things just aren't that important to us. We aren't worried about sports. We have enough exercise trying to keep up with the critters here on the farm. Our girls aren’t very interested in make-up. They don’t see a need for it. The boys don’t pay much attention to new cars on the road, but an old classic will be a topic of discussion for a while. We don’t know what the newest toys are or the newest fashions.
We prefer old-fashion. We read the Bible every day. We talk about God throughout each day. We admire His Creation as we are walking around outside. We thank Him for our food. We talk about His blessings as we sit in this house that HE has provided for us to live in. Deuteronomy 6:7 “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” This shouldn't seem so peculiar, but in this day and age, it does.