Patches and cutoffs. Whatever happened to putting a patch on a hole in your jeans and cutting the legs off a pair of jeans to make shorts? I think that summarizes some of the problems with the United States today.
We no longer do this. We just throw the jeans out and buy a new pair from Walmart. When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s we always had patches on our jeans. We liked the patches because it gave us a chance to personalize our jeans. I remember picking out different iron on patches because my mum didn’t like to sew.
How about shorts now? Now we all buy some shorts from some store. Back then a pair of cutoff jeans or cutoff corduroys would have done and been good enough. Now?
What’s happened? Are Americans too good now to patch a pair of pants or make a pair of cutoff shorts? Are we spoiled or too proud? Very few of us will try to repair something prior to throwing it out and purchasing a replacement. I always feel satisfied when I’m able to lengthen the useful life of something that I use.
I hope that’s not who we have become as a nation. We need to get back to our roots. We need to reuse, recycle and reduce how much we use. The fact is most of us don’t know about sacrifice, but we’re going to learn. Americans, pride cometh before a fall.
This is wild aster. I apologize for the fuzziness, but it was a little windy that day. Native Americans made a tea from the flowers and roots. The tea was applied to the skin to treat poison ivy and drunk to treat fever. I think the most popular use was to use the flowers as a smoking tobacco.