Monday, October 6, 2014

It said . . . Use it Up, Wear it Out. Make it Do or Do Without

Last week we took the Spanish Branch Young Men and Women to glean onions and potatoes for their families and fellow Branch members.  We didn't quit until every onion and potato was picked and bagged.

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."  Even World War II found mileage in the phrase, though they never mentioned "do without" it on this poster it was obvious everyone was expected to with the rations on.  Tires, cars, bicycles, gasoline, fuel oil and kerosene, stoves, rubber footwear, shoes, coffee, sugar, nylons, processed foods, meat, cheese, canned fish and milk, and even typewriters were all rationed.  People creatively learned to live on what they had.

It's a mantra that still runs through my head every now and then.  While doing without doesn't look the same now as it has in the past, it is still a call to live sensibly and responsibly.

(This post is part of a 31 Day Writing Challenge hosted by Myquillyn Smith  To see other posts in the series, click here)

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