Time to call in reinforcements: “Use it up, wear it out…
When J.R.LIGGETT says, “Use it up, wear it out… I take that literally. And when he says his shampoo bar is “Old-Fashioned”, that doesn’t mean out of style. Because thrift, wisdom and quality are attributes that are applicable to my life and yours.
When I shampoo my hair and wash my face with J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar, the mild, soft scent takes me back to my childhood as I stood on the steps of my Grandma’s ‘wash house’– a detached building just a few feet away from her back door, where she would do her laundry in an old wringer washer, and then hang the clean clothing on a line which stretched across the chicken yard! Grandma Ruby, who was born long before the Titanic was even built, was a thrifty, wise, and loving soul, who knew the value of a dollar (worth much more than now), the necessity of hard work, and that an item of quality meant that it was worth the price.
Grandma Ruby had milk cows, hogs, and chickens. She sold milk for income, butchered the hogs and chickens for food, sold eggs, and worked a vegetable garden. She didn’t have to ‘get back to the land’–she was already there! She became a widow in her early 30’s, and had never been a spendthrift, but now with 5 children to raise on her own, stretching a budget was top priority. I love that I was able to witness some of Grandma’s frugal ways, and my own mother’s also, as their penny-pinching habits are right ‘in style’ in today’s economy. These were times of very little conveniences, physically hard work, and ‘making do’ was the norm.
When an item of clothing had been passed down to the last child and was worn out, it became a quilt. Shoes were repaired on old iron shoe stays, and a chipped or cracked cup saw new life as a toy dish. When a hog was butchered, the saying was, “everything was used except the squeal”. Chickens became dinner on the table, and it’s feathers filled beds and pillows–I even have a feather-filled pillow of my Grandma’s! Family time was entertainment time, as Grandma never had a TV during her entire life.
When Grandma had finished washing the laundry or dishes, the water was recycled on her flowers or garden, and she employed Old Man Sun (solar!) to dry the clothes. Paper bags were saved and re-used–ditto the rare newspaper– and paper towels were unheard of; she used washable rags. An envelope arrived in the mail? Turn it over and use the back side for her market list. She had no air conditioning nor fans, instead, enormous Maple trees protected her house from the sun, and she would pull shades on the south side and close the windows before noon to keep in the morning coolness. A cast iron wood stove heated the house in the winter, and sometimes I’d find a baby pig in a wood, straw-filled box next to the stove–Grandma had brought it in so it would not freeze. Vegetables were canned and cakes were home-baked with fresh ingredients. She knew where her food came from–just across the feed lot! Milk contained no artificial hormones, and her chickens were ‘free range’–the yolks of the eggs were practically orange.
No microwave, no dishwasher, no dryer, no car, and the only ‘electronics’ that sucked up energy was an AM/FM radio that she turned on once a day to listen to the farm report on grain prices, and the occasional Major League baseball game. Grandma would place an upside down plate over leftovers, she’d use her homemade lye soap for washing her hair and her clothes, cooking grease was saved and used again, and leftover food was never thrown out.
Hard work, integrity, honesty, resourcefulness, and caring for others, our lives, and our world… these are attributes of Grandma Ruby and J.R.LIGGETT’S. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Not an out of style-out of date concept by any stretch of the imagination!
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Joy Richter 2012 ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD