Keeping Things for Good

We ate dinner last night on the fancy china, and we used the good silver. It wasn’t a special celebration. The menu wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, since meatloaf is rarely noted as fancy food, but somehow, it felt festive. But it was also significant. You see, I was raised by parents who grew up during the Depression Era, which somehow made them more in tune to the intrinsic value of things. They recycled and reused before it was the environmentally conscientious thing to do. And they saved for what they wanted, rather than buying on credit. Their frugality used to bother me, especially when they used the all-too-familiar motto, “keep it for good.” They believed that you should use or

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