|Woman wearing silk stockings. Photo by George Marks.|
This was the result. Mary and I both wanted a pair of silk stockings for Christmas, but at $5.00 a pair, no way could Dad and Mom afford two pairs, so Mom bought one pair and we had to share and share alike. Wow, what fun! I didn't mind that decision, but Mary sure did. I gave in to her until Mom found out. Being poor is not fun but in those years everybody was poor and you had to share strange things at times: food, clothing, boots, sheets (if one was very ill,) even medicine. You never spent a dime when a nickel would do. If you couldn't pay for a thin you didn't buy it.
Many years later, Mary and I laughed hard over the "silk stocking affair," that poor Mom tried to solve. She was right though, and we learned how tough life can be. No such thing as credit cards in those lean years. We learned to be frugal. After about four times each of sharing, those silky stockings wore out. Such is life. That's it.
September 25, 2008