This afternoon I was thinking about the craziness going on in our grocery stores right now when I remembered the book of World War II rationing coupons my sister and I found in some of my Mother’s papers when we were cleaning out her house. I’m sure my Mother had found this memento in my grandmother’s house and brought it home with her. My grandmother probably had the unused coupons leftover and kept it as a reminder of the hardships of the war years.
If you’re part of my generation then you, like me, grew up hearing stories from family members about doing without during World War II. Times were hard. What the Great Depression started WWII finished up for most people. Supplies were scarce and people did without; it’s just the way it was.
In today’s world we don’t know what it means to do without. We are used to walking into stores and having a diverse amount of merchandise from which to choose. We are impatient when we grocery shop if the shelves aren’t fully stocked (in normal times). I have to think that the hoarders that are depleting the shelves right now have never had to do without and are terrified that they might have to do so.
Could they (or any of us) survive if we limited choices and then could only buy an item if we had the coupon for it?