aging gracefully

humans, houses, household goods-- everything ages. everything will show wear over time, everything will need maintenance of one kind or another.

yet, here in north america, we spend an awful lot of time and money trying to stop that process. we get plastic surgery on ourselves, we buy new houses or vinyl fences that we think we will not have to maintain-- sometimes we buy plastic things simply because they are more affordable-- but we also think they will last longer.

my thoughts? since everything does age in one way or another, i would rather have that process happen naturally. natural materials age beautifully: old wood shows the life it has lead; old cotton loses it's color; old stones show the place that many feet have passed over them.

an old vinyl fence? it just looks dirty and broken.

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