Threads of character

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 Use it up.

Wear it out.

Make it do.

Or do without.

They are so much a part of her childhood that these words were spoken at our wedding. Having referred to them recently made me realize that I knew little about their history.

They are a conservation motto from a time of war and have been referred to as the Four threads of the New England character. The phrases are derived from another adage, one line shorter, which was in use a decade earlier as a call for domestic thrift and economy.

Eat it up.

Wear it out.

Make it do.

New candles are as rare as hen’s teeth at the summer place, where we celebrate her Dad’s birthday. Decorative candles are used and then saved, to be lit the next year, and the next, until they have burned away.

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