When do we become aware that we are creatures of comfort? I am certain it is well into our twenties or thirties. When we are young, we take for granted the running water in our homes, our own bed, food on the table, and the freedom to run and play outside. As we leave home for a higher education, we even take that for granted, perhaps not realizing the sacrifices others make for us in terms of financial burdens. When comfort, or the lack thereof, really comes into focus is when we are responsible for our own comfort. In those early years of fending for ourselves, we give ourselves comforts as we can afford them. Gradually, we become more adept at providing for ourselves, and we sometimes go over board in the comfort area, once again becoming slightly immune to our fortune of having comforts.
And then we come full circle when we realize that our creature comforts really aren’t that numberous. We need shelter and food and water. Whatever else we choose to bring into our lives, really, becomes the finer comforts that we have learned to appreciate over time. A bouquet of flowers. Silver to grace the luncheon buffet. Crystal, given a semblance of warmth with the glow of candlelight. The greatest comfort is knowing that the finest comfort is not these things, but the dear friends and family that complete the picture.