Not everything has a practical value in life. There are many items in life that are essential such as food, shelter and clothing. Along with those items are the basics in life such as pots and pans for cooking, beds, tables and chairs, etc. It is the impractical that always seems to overrun our budgets such as that designer purse that is on sale and we simply can’t resist it. For the men, it might be a new golf club that will improve their game. Most people do tend to be practical in life. They buy the foods that are on sale for their families. When I was young you could literally predict what was for dinner. It all boiled down to what was on sale at the grocery. My now late friend’s father was a milkman but he also did all the cooking. We would compare notes as to what was for dinner each day. When we became old enough to work, we used our earnings for essential items. It might have been wool socks, a new jacket, new shoes, and more. Naturally, everything we purchased did have a practical value. However, once in a while we would buy a record, eat an ice cream or even buy a slice of pizza. That gave us great joy primarily because we had earned the money to buy our pleasures. In the Good Gus series everything had to have a practical value except, of course, Bob’s Sweet Shop. He did sell delicious ice cream! It was always a treat for all the citizens of Pecos. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website www.goodgusbooks.com along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Digitizing for all the books will be ready next week! Please consider adding “The Special Gift” as a new Christmas tradition. Books one and two are now available on the Tractor Supply website.