What have I had to do without?
What a provocative question.
The quick answer, without reflection, is people, close relationships, a family.
Knowing how to answer the question requires an awareness of what what is. Not to go all Clintonesque here.
What is necessary in life? And who gets to decide? What do I miss not having in my life? There are so many answers. But how much of that desire, greed?, is worth dwelling on? I wish I'd traveled more. I wish I could afford that invitation to the Costa Del Sol in January. I wish I had talent enough to paint and draw and still respect myself in the morning. I wish I'd written the Great American Novel.
But I didn't and I don't.
Bacon is the least of my problems.
Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” was a conservation motto during World War II, popularized in 1942-43. The saying was frequently credited to New England.
“Eat it up, wear it out, make it do” (not “use it up") appears to have been the earlier form of the saying and has been cited in print since at least 1933. The exact origin of what was described in 1937 as “the four threads of the New England character” is not known. Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) was said to have told the four maxims to This Week magazine (see March 1938 citation, below), shortly before his death. ...