I remember sitting and listening to the stories to the stories that my grandparents would tell us. They grew up in the 1930s and 40s when times in the United States were difficult for most people. This was the era of the Great Depression and WWII, where things were very uncertain and they weren’t sure how they would survive. I could never imagine not being able to afford clothing and food for my children as they had to worry about each day. My grandfather told me that, at one time, they even had to burn the dining room chairs to to have heat when they couldn’t afford oil for the furnace. They survived on what they could and now, if you have them still with you, you grandparents probably don’t take things for granted. Because I was fortunate enough not to have lived through anything like that I find myself assuming that things like heat, air conditioning, and even food on my table are just a normal way of life. I panic if my furnace won’t turn on or I have to endure a day at the office without any air conditioning. These would have been considered luxuries back in the day when my grandparents were young and they never would have even imagined that they were a normal way of life. They’re known as the greatest generation for a reason, they survived what most people today would not. They learned to adapt to the ever-changing economic and environmental changes and accepted the challenges without hesitation. For many of us we don’t even like to have the inconvenience of no cell service so perhaps we should take a lesson from the older generation.
July 23, 2019
July 23, 2019