6 days ago
Monday, March 24, 2014
Do you sometimes think the wheels are coming off our lovely planet as you watch the evening news?? There are times I think that I am just glad I am old and am really glad I am not of child bearing age. I am concerned about my younger family members. Yes it is scary. However----it has been much worse yet we gotten through and have prospered.
When one learns of the Great Depression (before I was born) and the horrors of WWII (I was a wee child)--- what we are facing now is not all that bad. The difference is that they pulled together while we fight among ourselves as well as with everyone else.
I had been recently reminded of a favorite story on a fine post by Stephen at The Chubby Chatterbox. While Stephan and his wife were touring Cambodia, they learned that a snake in the house is not always a bad thing. It's all in how you look at it. His story reminded me how lucky we really are.
The following story told to me by a friend's mother I often use as a yardstick for what bad times really are.
Mrs. C was a young child living in rural Florida and Thanksgiving was coming. She and her siblings were getting excited for they remembered what previous Thanksgivings had meant and the wonderful meals they enjoyed. It had been a long time since they had enjoyed anything but the most meager of meals. Their father was on the road trying to find work and the mother did washing and ironing to pay the rent.
The afternoon before the big day the kids gathered around their mom as she was hanging clothes on the line.
"Mama, what are we going to have to eat for Thanksgiving?" They excitedly asked.
"I will pulled some Poke Weed, wild onion and Dandelion for salad and we will have vinegar and sugar for dressing. " She said trying to smile. The sugar was an added treat.
"Is that all." The kids asked fearfully for that is what they ate most nights.
"I traded for some cornmeal and will make some johnnycake. I know you love that." She added.
"But Mama, aren't we going to have any meat?" they begged.
She took a long breath and was about to speak but then she looked up and saw a large turtle inching down the long driveway.
"And here comes the meat." She said delightedly.
Sure things are much better these days and remembering that story plus the horrors, losses and uncertainties of WWII fought on two fronts reminds me how far we have come and how grit got us past situations much worse than today's.
When ever I get down about world events, I think of that last 5 word sentence and smile as the past comes to mind and I remember the Greatest Generation. They set the bar high but not too high to be reached.
Now if we could all learn to pull together like they did instead of scattering like self centered cockroaches in all directions, we will make it. I have no doubt.
Any stories handed down in your life that get you though tough times???
at 5:06 AM Posted by Arkansas Patti