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The Throwaway Society [Apr. 26th, 2017|12:37 pm]
Tony Grist
 When I was growing up we used proper linen napkins and each member of the family had their own silver napkin ring. My parents had a matching rings with their initials on, my sister had a large one with scrolling ornamentation and mine was slim and delicate (like its owner). My parents rings have gone missing, my sister probably has hers in safe keeping and mine has been travelling round with me for years- never actually being put to use but moving from house to house and drawer to drawer. We were a doing a little frivolous spring cleaning this morning and my ring turned up again- very badly tarnished- so I gave it a good polish and put it away in yet another drawer.

These days we use paper serviettes- or kleenex tissues- so napkin rings are superfluous.  I've gone through life congratulating myself on how much less formal I am than my parents- but the obverse of formality is carelessness- including carelessness about resources. You don't wash you napkin you just throw it away and grab another- and actually- on mature reflection- I think this is regression not progress.

[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2017-04-26 12:22 pm (UTC)
We use cloth napkins. Roy uses his father's napkin ring; I make do without. Since there are only two of us, that works. I tell myself I'll buy a napkin ring someday.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-26 12:55 pm (UTC)
Ailz did a quick search on ebay (this was before we found the family rings in a drawer) and an antique, silver napkin ring can be had for very little money.

People don't like having rings with other people's initials on them so very fine initialled rings are particularly cheap.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2017-04-26 03:25 pm (UTC)
Came to the same realisation. Have been buying and washing cloth reusable nappies, hoping to build up the collection. Doubt I'll wean him off disposables entirely but it's a step in the right direction.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-26 04:32 pm (UTC)
My parents- who lived through the war- were thoroughly imbued with the make-do-and-mend philosophy. They darned socks and sweaters, glued together anything that got broken. I used to mock- but now I think they had the right idea.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2017-04-26 09:03 pm (UTC)
That make and mend philosophy was part of my parents methods.
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