Sometimes I have a hard time figuring out the difference between needs and wants. Some examples:
Son crying in the middle of the night: Does he need me, or want me?
Shopping for clothes: Does he need more pajamas, or do I just want to do laundry less often?
Shopping for groceries: Do I need more flour, or do I just want to bake more cookies?
Watching Cars: Do I need peace and quiet, or do I just want a moment to myself?
So last week, while at the mall buying a pair of shoes to replace the one the dog chewed (a definite need), I glanced at the boots on the rack. I thought to myself "Gee, I bet boots would be something I would need, seeing as we're living in a state that tends to get a lot of snow." Then I glanced at the prices. "Nah, it's probably just a want. I can deal with regular old flats. I've walked through lots of snow before and dealt with wet feet just fine."
And then it snowed.
A week later, it snowed again.
Two days later, it snowed again.
And now the wind's blowing, and the drifts are upwards of 3-4 feet.
I think the boots were a need.