The Social Experiment

This blog is about understanding and exploring what my Grandmothers experienced by living on the home front during World War II. I am going to be living, as best as I can, to the US rationing standards of 1945. This is a social experiment, not only to connect to my families past, but to explore new way to live environmentally and socially responsible. I hope to show, that by living as our grandparents did, we can reduce the amount of waste that our society throws out and live healthier and more simple lives.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My New Shirt

Today was  the first real time I was just ready to be done with this project!


Today I bought my first shirt that was new. 
       It is a lovely shirt.
              It is functional. 
                  It matches every one of my outfits. 
             It is comfortable. 
       It is a boring.
  It is a white t-shirt that I need for a Highland dance show.

What made me want to quit is that….
       It was on a 30% off clearance rack,
             Hanging next to its neighbor,
                                A beautiful violet dress
                                                That would be perfect to wear to work
                                                That would be great to Preach in
                                                That calls my name, saying “Katie… I was made for you!”
                                This violet dress is 50% off and a great price.
                It hugs a beautiful teal blouse.
                                This blouse is washable
                                                It matches all my suits.
                                                               It is 75% off and less then $10!
Why – when all the stores are getting rid of their summer clothes,
                Clothes that I needed all summer,
                Clothes that would have made my life easier,
                Clothes that finally I can afford
Why am I following this silly rationing – of one new shirt, one new pair of pants, one new dress.

I waited all year to buy my new shirt.
                I didn’t want to waste my one purchase,
                I wanted to make my purchase count
                I scoured racks of clothes at the thrift store so I could buy a shirt when I really needed it…
And now I have my new shirt
                My, no one has worn it but me, shirt
                Hurry my new shirt
                My white tee shirt

                                               I am tired of being rational.


  1. ~~~ Congrats. , Katie!! ;p It's a LovelY shirt....And, you'll get alot of use of it !! xo/prayers...Denise

  2. Hang in there! Just one more week…

    Also, your blog has been awesome to follow. :-)