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Make Do And Mend [Oct. 7th, 2013|02:14 pm]
Tony Grist
My mother won't throw anything away if it can be salvaged- I guess it has to do with having lived through the war- and her cupboards are full of cups and glasses that have been glued back together after suffering mishap. Yesterday an already mended teapot lid flew out of my hands and broke into several more pieces than it had done before. If we'd have been at home I'd have put the shards in the bin; probably followed by the pot itself; since I'm here I went and fetched the araldite.

[User Picture]From: basefinder
2013-10-07 05:25 pm (UTC)
I can relate to this! My mother was a saver / fixer / re-user. Born 1933 in a working class family, that's how she was raised.

When she was on her deathbed, her instructions to my dad were to "check every pocket" in her clothes before giving them to charity, and "check every nook and cranny" in her crafts room. She had stashed away a few thousand dollars over the years, slipping any "extra" bills into hiding places.

The same with non-perishables like toilet tissue, toothpaste, etc. A closet was full of these supplies -- front to back and top to bottom -- enough to serve a small army. "You never know when the money might run out" I once heard her say.

As a youngster, I remember having favorite toys that were actually such "trash" as a broken sparkling wine bottle stopper, a broken three-hook dishtowel holder, etc. With imagination, these bits and pieces became whatever the mind wanted.

I could use more of Mom's depression-era sensibilities in my life today!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-10-07 06:29 pm (UTC)
I like her style.

We've grown too used to prosperity- and knowing where the next meal is coming from. If disaster struck we'd be reeling.
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