Make it Do
“Watch the top step!” I can still hear my grandmother’s voice in my head, even though she left that home years ago.
My grandmother’s attic was legendary among our friends. It was a rare visit to her modest cape cod home when we kids weren’t sent up to fetch something. It wasn’t a hoard. It was neatly organized collections of things, ranging from the sentimental to the useful.
We all loved the chance to explore the pictures, toys and clothing she had so carefully saved. In other sections were neatly folded wrapping paper, empty boxes, yarn, marbles and buttons.
If we needed something to do, wear, use for a project, or give to a friend, we were first sent upstairs to see if we could find something that would work. As a daughter of the Great Depression, my grandmother grew up with the slogan, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Now I see how her keeping everything as she did made sense. [Read more…]