Each generation has a rendezvous with it's destiny
May I be so bold as to suggest that the first 10 years of a person's life
sets the stage for the beliefs, goals, attitude and ambition for the rest of
that life. My life started in 1930, two months after the stock market
fell, ringing in the start of the depression. The 1st ten years of my
life surrounded me with a poverty never since seen in this country.
The only way to describe those ten years is just to say, poverty
reigned supreme. Think of scenes from the "Grapes of Wrath" and
that is how I remember my childhood. I'm not saying it was all
gloom and doom as the human spirit can find joy in any situation.
Today I laugh at people who say they are poor while they are
surrounded with new autos, iPhones, TV's, computers and oh yes,
plumbing. No one seems to lack life's material offerings and free
food is always available (although be it GMO's).
The word "waste" was never in my vocabulary. I can't under-
stand why people go to a restaurant, pay for a plate of food, eat
a few bites and leave it. Recently, I was trapped into going out
to a family breakfast with a few members of the younger
I distinctly heard them order "extra bacon" and when
the waitress came to collect the plates, they were still brimming
with bacon, I quickly snatched bacon from the plates and questioned
"You're not eating this bacon?" I know.......I'm an embarrassment
but in my memory, wasting bacon is a sin, yes, a sin right
up there with "Thou shall not commit adultry." LOL
The other day as I was taking off my shoes, I noticed a small
hole in my sock. Without even thinking, I got out my sewing
basket and a light bulb and was starting to mend my sock. OMG
what was I doing? I had just given generous Christmas bonuses
(enough money that a family could have lived on for a year back
in the 30's) to delivery people and people who had helped me
throughout the year and I WAS BEGINNING TO MEND A
SOCK????? Crazy......huh? This time, almost embarrassed
for myself, I tossed the sock and put away the sewing box.
My happy thought was, that I DO know how to weave threads
to make a sock look like new. I also know I could still cut the
perfect size cardboard to cover the big hole in the bottom of a
DO YOU THINK THESE SKILLS WILL EVER COME
IN HANDY AGAIN?