Following on from my Top 10 decorating mistakes to avoid, I started wondering about what objects signify that one is finally being a bit more mature and can be classed as a grown up. Here is the list… what remains a secret is whether I have all 10.
1. A proper coffee machine
Not just a percolator or stove top job, but the whole branded Gaggia/Jura/Dualit gizmo with bells and whistles on. Starting at over £200 and heading into the thousands, these objects of desire channel a mature attitude to coffee, with a hefty helping of ‘I am actually a secret Barista’ thrown in. You get 1000 extra grown-up points if it is a built in coffee machine by Miele. Those who have any of these mentioned are obviously smug, and those who don’t are envious.
2. A present/gift drawer
It’s that awful moment when you remember that someone’s birthday is NOW! and you have forgotten a gift, and need it pronto. This results in a mad dash to a local shop, mainly for me the local petrol station, to get a not very good choice of wine. Or cash if it is a child, (not good to waste wine on a child).
You know you are grown up when the above scenario does not happen, but you can stroll to an allocated drawer and pull out one of a variety of choice presents. It will be niche, stylish and perfect. Inside that drawer will be scented designer candles, leather goods, beautiful stationary and so on. There is probably also a selection of droll New Yorker cards, and some rather nice assortments of wrapping paper to choose from.