People ask why the theme of simplicity is an important element of bread&cup. I think some of it stems from my dad’s philosophy of life. He was a simple man with very simple ideas, most of which, however, have had a lasting impact on me.
A favorite story illustrates this.
Before my wedding 17 years ago, I asked my dad for any advice he might give me about marriage. He paused a moment and gave me this gem of insight.
“Son, my minister told me that you can either be happy or right and that I should decide right now which of those two were going to be most important to me. He followed that with saying that the key to a happy marriage is to let her buy as many shoes as she wants. So if you look in her closet, you’ll see that your mom has a lot of shoes and she and I have been married for 35 years so I think that was pretty good advice.”
All told, they were married for 51 years.
Never underestimate the power of simplicity.