There is a difference. I need to get supermarket shopping in order to feed us, the dogs and the cats for the coming week. I want a lobster salad, just because I adore lobster and I really fancy it, but I don't need to spend the money on it - I shalln't starve if I forego it.
So there we have it - wants and needs. Sadly the farmer does not show any preference for either.
This week is his big O birthday and I want to buy him a special birthday present. What does he want, I ask - he can't think of a
single thing. What does he need, I ask - nothing. I suggest a new
mobile phone as he has had his since mobile phones were first invented. It is a museum piece. Oh no - he can't have a new one because he doesn't want to be bothered to relearn how to use it! In any case, it isn't broken and his philosophy is 'if it's not broken, don't try to mend it.'
So we are at a stalemate. I am baking him a birthday cake as I write and intend to add one candle rather than the number he is entitled to. Icing and marzipan are on standby. I am taking him and my son and his wife out for a meal on the big day - and that will have to do.
Come to think of it - I can't think of anything I either need or want. Perhaps it is something to do with getting older. Looks as though on my birthday in October I shall have to be taken out for a meal.
Time was I would have liked a Gucci handbag if anyone had asked - now I will make do with what I have got.
In any case handbags are dispensed with from now on as I have bought myself a shopping trolley. This morning it had its first outing into our little market town - coffee as usual with 'the gang' and then fruit and vegetable shopping on our wonderful Friday market. The trolley was a great success and I didn't need the L plates the farmer suggested I use for my first outing.