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there was no television to distract women who having put the kids to bed sat and darned socks or stitched at something until they stood cupping their lower back with their hands to straighten out the cinks and set the kettle for a last cup of tea or coco or something.

dad read the paper ot perhaps they both listened to the radio

posted by Kabu on February 1, 2018 at 3:52 PM | link to this | reply

i remember all of that, abut i would say i had a very happy childhood.

families took the time to visit, and even neighbors and friends were always dropping in. we enjoyed each other, no worry if you had the in clothes, technology, house, car or furnishings.

posted by overtherainbow on February 1, 2018 at 3:16 PM | link to this | reply

Pat - yes, our time IS worth something

I donate clothes, even if they are raggedy, because there are companies that recycle the fabric much more efficiently than I could ever do. Still, my parents were children of the era of compulsive thrift, and I carry some of those programs with me to this day. 

posted by RPresta on February 1, 2018 at 2:05 PM | link to this | reply

I lived during the "waste-not-want-not era", a saying of my mother's she oft quoted.  Not only were pennies important but even mills were used.  My aunt turned old clothes into pretty rag-rugs and my grandma made many hand-made quilts from anything she got her hands on.   My husband grew up in a family whose motto was "bust a gut to save the food." (a clean up your plate philosophy.

posted by TAPS. on February 1, 2018 at 11:19 AM | link to this | reply

The thing is Pat things do not wear out like they used to, I really think we shall have to change packaging types, if it does not change its structure or cannot be reused it will choke future generations eventually.   

posted by C_C_T on February 1, 2018 at 10:55 AM | link to this | reply

Things have changed a lot with waste. I remmeber about a decade ago hearing that if America's wastefulness was worldwide, we would need two earths to accomodate.

Time has won out for a lot of people when it comes to the environment.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on February 1, 2018 at 8:31 AM | link to this | reply

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