How does it happen that we become so much more ‘ourselves’ as we mature? Every day I seem to feel the tug of my Scottish ancestry grow stronger. The Scots are rightfully well known for being thrifty, and I seem to find new ways each day to squeeze the utmost out of a dollar! It seems that our entire country is rediscovering the concept of frugality.
I grew up with parents who carefully considered how their hard earned money would be spent. Impulse buying was a totally unknown concept. I remember vividly the day my father bought a new adding machine without doing comparison shopping. My mother was so appalled that she was momentarily speechless. Didn’t matter that his old adding machine had quit working right in the middle of getting his taxes ready to file. He had actually marched into Bensons and just bought it on the spot. I don’t think she ever quite recovered from the shock.
Mama believed in buying quality, even if it meant scrimping and saving. Some things were completely non-negotiable. Twice a year visits to the dentist and sturdy shoes were top priorities. Sturdy shoes meant only one thing- saddle shoes. To this day, I shudder when I see saddle shoes. But I’m sure that my feet are the better for having had sensible shoes in their early days. And I know, without a doubt, that my teeth are healthy today only because of the care they had in childhood.