“Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers, we outgrow acquaintances, libraries, principles, etc., at times before they’re worn out and at times – and this is the worst of all – before we have new ones.” Georg C. Lichtenberg
Worn: Damaged and shabby as a result of much use. Very tired. Dictionary.com
This was not an easy task for me to do… I had to decide between things that were worn out and things that were beautifully worn with age. They might share the word “worn” but to me, they weren’t quite the same. I did eventually settle on things that were truly worn out… like the Chainmail Brynie and some that were beautifully worn; like the Bayeux tapestry above; both from Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. It felt like the right way to respond to the prompt. I guess the lesson on this one is that beauty, as well as worn-out, is in the eyes of the beholder.
I took the above photos at Chateau de Caen built by William the Conqueror and at a Battle of Normandy site. I have added others taken elsewhere below. We can see history, age, experience in things that others might view as tired. Our attachment to the history of a thing or the quality it offers, like aged wine, makes us see beyond the definitions. Just like some people love old clothes, others don’t… I will add more photos later (Updated). What are your thoughts?