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If Living Modestly Is a Virtue, Why Do I Still Envy Those Who Have More?

A friend joined me in the kitchen to wash the dishes after dinner. We'd been arguing about her strong desire to have a manicure every other week and a professional massage once a month. "You don't understand," she said, scraping a plate and handing it to me. "I grew up with these things. It's normal for me to want these things."

I dropped the dish into soapy water. "But just because you grew up with them doesn't mean they're not a waste of money. I mean 10 bucks, twice a month! That's, like, $250 a year!"

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Author:Klempner, Rebecca
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Jan 21, 2014
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