ROTHENBURGER- They don’t make things like they used to, and it’s on purpose
EVERY TIME I THROW another pair of old socks into the rag bin, I think about my mom. She would have darned those socks and made them good to go for another year.
That’s not how it works these days. We don’t fix things anymore; we throw them away.
Back then, we wore our shoes until the soles had holes — then we took them into the local shoe repair.
“Half soles or full soles?” was always the question.
“Half,” was always the answer. They were cheaper. I was a little embarrassed about wearing shoes with half soles — I felt they somehow made me less worthy.
Nowadays, we throw away perfectly good shoes — good except for some frayed stitching or those worn soles — and go out and buy new ones, just like we do for everything else.
What brings this to mind is the upcoming Kamloops Repair Café sponsored again by Transition Kamloops. “Don’t toss it, bring it to the repair café!” the notice says (it’s at Sahali Mall on May 28 from 10 to 3).
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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