At a time when the vast majority of people in our nation can buy everything we need, something in our brains wonders what it would be like not to have easy access to necessities-- water, food, shelter, shoes, and clothing. Prosperity is a good thing, right?
One of my favorite actors, Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on NBC's PARKS AND RECREATION is a woodworker. In his article, MAKE YOUR OWN DARN GIFT, Nick writes he has too many gloves. "I purchase leather gloves online that appear to be a good deal or just because I like their look. Their nice cut. Well-shaped fingers. Add to the cart. Click to complete the order. Here they come."
In my futuristic novel set in 22nd Century Earth's second ice age, A BRAND NEW ADDRESS, Yardley mends socks to go with the boots she plans to give to a younger neighbor. She is about to get the boots when she learns from her bother Dad's fiance' Pinky already gave them away.
Simple socks, boots, gloves, and basic necessities are prized in futuristic novels.