Reuse. Recycle. Renew.
As a child during the 60's and 70's I took this mantra to heart.
Birthday and Christmas gifts from my teenage hippy brothers were usually wrapped in the Sunday funnies, a choice made by economic necessity and the ideology of the time. They needed what little spending money they had to pay for dates and gas for their car, and the funnies wrapped around the presents they gave were also a form of rebellion against the "Establishment". They weren't about to buy into the commercialization of gift giving. Inside the colorful wrapping, the things I found were often handmade or second-hand.
None of my friends got gifts wrapped in newspaper. I envied them, but I also realized I was experiencing something kinda cool.
The lessons learned stuck with me:
- Store bought isn't necessarily better
- Ordinary things can be reused
- Self-sufficiency is respectable
- Special doesn't have a price tag
- You can do things your own way
- Everyday choices can be declarations of personal freedom
(c)2007 Kay Pere ~ Effusive Muse Publishing
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