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  • Writer's pictureJenny Lynn Keller

Made Well and Still Working


If you’ve heard someone say, “they don’t make ‘em like they used to,” the reference most likely applied to something made many years ago and still working today. Odds are the item was manufactured in the United States and the company is no longer in business. A sad comment on a number of facts but not today’s topic, which is my father’s riding lawnmower in case you’re wondering. Purchased in 1971, sporting the original red paint, and still cutting grass like it has for the past 52 years, that mower is one tough chunk of metal. The original motor gave out about 2001, one tire required replacement, but regular maintenance keeps the blade twirling every summer. Not bad for a piece of machinery half a century old. Yeah, these days they sure don’t make ‘em like they used to.


What item in your possession qualifies for made well and still working status?


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