Even Frugal Has Limits

I grew up learning to make do or do without. This approach not only saves money, it encourages creative thinking. Okay, it encourages stubbornness too.

As a gardener this has taught me a lot. I don’t purchase seed potatoes; instead I use sprouted potatoes from the pantry. I don’t buy many seeds because I’ve learned to harvest seeds from the previous year’s plantings. I grow lettuce and tender herbs right outside the door for easy use, succession planting them to keep up a good supply until autumn’s frosts. I thin seedlings by replanting them, repurpose tools, share/trade plants. I’ve even used worn out jeans, cut in long sections, to tamp down weeds between rows in the vegetable garden. (Heavy non-plastic feed bags do a better job.)

But even I can recognize when it’s time to give up.

These shoes have looked beyond saving for years. The leather has been re-stitched and the soles glued back on multiple times. This time I believe they’ve had it. The sole half fell off when I was carrying plants back to our hoop house. Arms full, I had no other option than to hop-walk till I got there, then rip the sole the rest of the way off. It’s hard to let these shoes go after so many years, but I guess it’s time to relinquish them to the garbage can. I may hum a little funeral tune as I do in memory of their long and faithful service.

About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of four books and served as 2019 Ohio Poet of the Year. She's the editor of Braided Way: Faces & Voices of Spiritual Practice. She works as a book editor, teaches writing workshops, and maxes out her library card each week.
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4 Responses to Even Frugal Has Limits

  1. katechiconi says:

    You’re allowed to let go of old friends when it’s their time. If you feel the urge to hold a funeral, may I recommend Matthew 25:21?

  2. Patrick says:

    Love all this about you, and you made me laugh! 😍 sending Love

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