I have a favorite pair of cotton socks that have had holes in the heels forever. Living in Florida, I haven't had much use for these socks till now. My work requires me to wear close toed shoes, hence the socks.
I finally decided to fix them. I darned them. Seems like a skill from another time, another century. I love recycling, and not throwing things away that are still useful. When my mom had her hysterectomy in the early sixties, she spent about two months in a home, Kate Macy Ladd. I learned to prepare and serve dinner . I also learned to darn. A kindly grandma stayed with my sister and I duing the day. She was what I would now consider an elderly woman, even though she probably wasn't, just a women who aged according to her idea of how she should look and be.Round figured, with grey hair and a soft voice. She taught me how to take a sock, put a light bulb in it, and 'weave' the hole together. While I was darning, I felt like a throw back. I wonder if anyone knows how to darn anymore, or even if it would be something someone would do.
Since we live in a throw away culture, I remembered Alvin Toffler and his book, Future Shock (1970). I remember his comments on a disposable, throw away culture. When something wears out, we throw it away. We no longer fix things. We used to take shoes for repair, and I remember handymen who would fix appliances.
I've read there is a growing interest in repairing things again. Groups are forming to further this activity. I haven't met anyone, yet. I am happy I learned how to darn. I love my socks, they're unblended cotton! I am happy to wear them and give homage to a bygone time and the woman who taught me how to darn!