In thrift stores and at yard sales it’s not unusual to find clunky, old, wooden jewelry boxes with velour-lined drawers. Nobody uses these anymore. They are obsolete. But, if you go on www.Pinterest.com and type “jewelry box makeover,” you can see the many clever ways people have spruced up these old dinosaurs.
I found one and sanded it, spray-painted it, glued some paper images on it, covered it with spray shellac and re-lined the drawers with fabric. Here it is:
I may have overdone the picture gluing [Note to Self: Less Is More!]. But it was a fun project and I’ll know better next time.
Speaking of archaic items, does anyone out there know what this thing is?
It’s called a “sewing caddy.” Nowadays they most often look like this:
This little gem was brought in by one of my co-workers, and it was still filled with goodies!
You have to be an “old sew-and-sew” to know what some of these items are.
And even if you know WHAT they are, do you know HOW to use them?
This is quaint stuff!
What is this pointy thing below?
This nostalgic tour has reminded me that:
“No matter how old or stale the joke, someone else is hearing it for the first time.”
It’s up to the older generation to teach their children.
The past can show us many things. Some things are good, and we keep those, but usually with small improvements. We upgrade.
Other things are bad, and we get rid of those. We move on. But we don’t forget. If we see them again, we recognize them. We’re not fooled.
But the main thing is this: No matter what was in the past – good or bad – that time is over. We live here now, and things have changed. Adapt.
There’s no going back.*
*Dollo’s Law: “An organism is unable to return, even partially, to a previous state already realized in the ranks of its ancestors.” (IOW: evolution is not reversible.)
Every day is a chance to do the right thing!
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