I was reading a magazine article recently and these five words really caught my attention.
First, I HAD to google “Nottingham Cottage” to really get the sense of the wording in this sentence. I had to really understand the meaning of the phrase because to me, it just didn’t make any sense in the context of the article.
Here is the description:
“It is the sort of starter home any newlywed couple might move into – a cosy two-bedroom cottage with a couple of snug reception rooms and small yard.”
The occupants? A married couple with an infant child.
Now, to me, that house is a perfect size for a married couple and an infant child, who, by the way is probably still sleeping in a bassinet in the parents room. At least, our boys slept in a bassinet in our room for a few months after they were born.
For us, that house would NOT have been too small.
Ah yes, but according to the article it IS too small –
For The Prince and Princess of Cambridge and His Royal Highness, Prince George.
Oh. Well, that sort of puts things in perspective since according to reports they are planning to move into a nineteen room apartment once renovations are done. But I would still argue that the Cottage is NOT too small for two adults and one infant.
Well, I suppose they will have staff that live with them right?
Afterall, they ARE British Royalty. Hence the “Nottingham Cottage is too small…”
It’s not really too small though. Its just maybe not appropriate for this young family to live in with a staff to help with the house and the baby ( I assume there is staff by the baby).
So this whole entire five word phrase got me thinking –
What exactly is considered “too small” ?
(just brainstorming here…)
We have a ten pound dog named Dill, is he too small? Maybe for some people, but not for our son. He can walk Dill without being pulled over.
I am a mom with two boys and drive a 4 passenger CAR. Is that too small? Not for us, we are a family of four. The boys car seats fit great in the backseat and there is plenty of room in the trunk.
We live in a 2,000 square foot house. Is that too small? Not for us.
A serving size of ice cream is 1/2 cup. Is that too small? Yes.
So what bothers me so much about the wording of this phrase? Well, its really not that true. Is that size house too small for 2 adults and an infant? No.
Here’s a thought – its maybe not appropriate.
“Nottingham Cottage is not appropriate for the young Royal family”.
Now see, THAT makes a lot more sense to me.
Dill is a perfect size for our son because he can walk Dill without being pulled over. He is not the appropriate size for my husband, a former Marine, because it just looks silly for a former Marine to be walking a little ten pound dog 😉
Our car is not too small for our family, but it has been suggested numerous times by friends and family that I need a bigger car. They think my car is not appropriate for our family.
Our house is not too small for our family. However, we also have 5 dogs and many people think that we need a bigger house. That our 2,000 square foot house is not appropriate for a family of four with five dogs.
A 1/2 cup of ice cream is NEVER an appropriate amount. The end.
How do you define “too small”? Are there things in your life that others would consider too small but they are still appropriate for you?