Perspective

Gosh, we have no end of complaints about this thing we’re dealing – or trying to deal – with. I just spent $65 for toilet paper. But you do what you have to do.

A dear friend in England sent this to me yesterday and it was a breath of fresh air. A reminder of when life was REALLY hard. I’ve seen, over the years, documentaries and pictorial essays about this time in our nation’s history but really had forgotten about it. This video was an important reminder that we’ve gotten through more than this and lived to tell the tale. The present day concern is ‘some here, some there, a bunch of it other places’ – the real hard times in America affected everyone – every human being in the country. If you lived in the country, you had it a tad easier (!), you could go out and hunt your food – deer, pig, or squirrel (if nothing better presented itself). Not so for folks in the city. Hard times, indeed.

But the people of our country, all us Americans, did what we could to survive and helped others along the way. It’s our history. It’s our DNA. I’ve occasionally wondered, what’s better? Having a cigarette and no light, or light and no cigarette. Haven’t come up with an answer yet. What’s better, having food and no money, or having money and no food? That one is easier to answer.

My mom and dad were both born in 1920. Mom always alluded to my father being ‘so much older’ than she was. Dad was born in March and Mom was born in July. It was an on-going joke between them. By the time the depression hit, they were old enough to be aware of what was happening around them. My mother feared poverty all the rest of her days. Mom was an only child and Dad had four siblings – two different stories. My dad had to quit high school to help support the four younger kids. At age 70, my dad got what he had always yearned for. He got his high school diploma by studying for and taking a GED class. He was so proud. He was always a good provider – native smart, as they say – and a lot of ambition. Mom and Dad gave us a good life. I hear people say terrible things about their parents and I sometimes try to explain that mine were like the Clevers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMAi6JwxlGo

Watch this video – at least the first part. See if it doesn’t make you rethink our present situation. It helped me. It gave me perspective. 

41 Responses to Perspective

  1. Nicholas says:

    I also think that God has acted providentially for many of us: having things set up right when we needed them beyond our own planning and adaptation.

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  2. Scoop says:

    I guess we are of the same generation Audre, my dad was born in 1919 and my mom in 1920. But one thing I leaned (especially from my fathers side of the family who were reared in KY coal country) is that one can barter a skill and that ‘essentials’ are not necessarily what we have simply grown accustomed to for our convenience. Take toilet paper. My grandparents didn’t even know what it was. As long as I have washing machine a wet washcloth will do; rinse, then launder for the next use. And if I lose electricity, then I suppose corn cobs will serve me as well as they did my grandpa. So I don’t know your situation but I know I would never spend $65 for toilet paper although I did spend $100 for a tunafish sub at a family restaurant that I enjoy eating in. But then it was not because that was what they charged, nor was I running out of food, but because they are are part of community. They run a low margin business had to let many people go and are struggling to stay afloat until this crisis abates. It was only a pittance for the service that they are still providing; good food and working through the fear where everybody else is hiding behind walls. God bless them and I hope others who have the resources as I did to throw in something more than the cost of their take out order to help them survive until relief comes. And I think the stuffed jar on the counter with large denomination bills shows that I am not the only one whose thanks for their dedication and fight for survival is not lost on them. I think they will make it. They have the grit that made America great.

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    • audremyers says:

      Bless your heart; what a wonderful thing to do!

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    • audremyers says:

      Scoop – I just got this reply from our Bishop:

      —–Original Message—–
      From: Bishop Chandler Holder Jones
      Sent: Apr 7, 2020 1:01 PM
      To: Tina
      Subject: Re: Hospital chaplains

      Dear Tina,

      Thank you so very much for your question! The good news is that hospitals are staffed with Catholic priest chaplains and they are visiting COVID-19 patients in some locations, at least in Atlanta. The national situation varies widely. The bad news is that parish clergy are prohibited from entering all hospitals and nursing homes in the Atlanta metropolitan area, and that scenario is probably true round the country. I pray you are well, safe, and healthy. We are, and hanging in there! God bless you!

      +Chad

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      • Scoop says:

        Our Governor in SC says that he will allow Easter Services and Masses in the state. Our Bishop (hiding under his desk) has refused to open our Churches for Easter Sunday.

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        • audremyers says:

          We will be in our cars and our priest will use a mic and portable speaker. No Holy Communion.

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        • Scoop says:

          Shameful reaction to the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on mankind by Bill and Melinda Gates and their foundation. Their models and their friendships with Bill and Melinda let you know where they are most probably getting their models which are staggering wrong almost every day.

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        • I’m in SC, too, Scoop! Glad Henry Mac is allowing services. They’re really cracking down here on only going out for groceries or essential work.

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        • Scoop says:

          Sadly, nobody notices that a grocery store or drug store is no safer than your workplace. Not much good thinking going on these days and like McMaster but he and Trump are buying into this W.H.O. crowd though I think Trump is starting to get fed up with them.

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        • Yeah, McMaster and Trump are tight, so Henry Mac is going to do whatever Trump suggests. I’m cautiously optimistic that things are starting to improve, though.

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        • Scoop says:

          I guess all we can do is to wait and see.

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    • the unit says:

      It’ll become a question like after 9/11. “Do you remember where you were when you heard you didn’t have any toilet paper?”

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  3. audremyers says:

    Scoop – absolutely. But many won’t. So thank you for what you did.

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  4. Great post, Audre, as per usual. The Virus is bad, but it’s not the worst thing we’ve ever faced. We will rebuild!

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  5. audremyers says:

    The Portly Politico – yes! An excellent book!!!! I’m so excited! No one I know reads, lol, so I’m looking forward to talking about it with you!

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  6. NEO says:

    Indeed, and now I’ve spent half my life amongst those our cousin was speaking of, and I love them all, salt of the earth, who would give you the shirt off their back and their only horse to ride home on. I binge-watched Ken Burns’s “The Dust Bowl’, through my tears, the other night, those were many of the aunts and uncles that I never got to know.

    Thanks, Audre!

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    • audremyers says:

      Oh, Neo! What a journey that must have been for you. Good to remember but hard on the heart.

      Since first seeing Ken Burn’s “The Civil War”, I have maintained that if I had been taught history in that manner, I would have been a far better student.

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      • NEO says:

        I agree, although he’s a bit far left for my taste, center of the road maybe! 🙂 But yeah, part of my love for military history came from Catton’s Centennial histories, where in his words, those dusty blue and butternut columns still marched in the firelight of memory.

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  7. the unit says:

    Perspective eh? In today’s mail just got notice my colonoscopy is due.

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  8. Scoop says:

    Perspectives on the Pandemic

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    • the unit says:

      I didn’t watch it all Scoop. But the herd thing is correct. Need to get there the fastest. And the minimum bad for most folks. Overwhelm the hospitals? Well, get there faster then. God Bless the care givers.
      And look the immunity thing is likely short term like i.e. on my second corono-cold for this year already, like most years.
      Ur…seven confirmed cases (nursing homes) out of 165 in my two county of 300,000 as of tonight.

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      • the unit says:

        Er…just my opinion like most others are. 🙂

        Like

      • Scoop says:

        Yes, and why this sudden change from the well known herd immunity which epidemiologists have used for years has been scrapped for this particular virus is hard to understand unless it was meant to be political and/or economical. The only other way to get there is by immunization and they are talking at least 18 months with no guarantee that they will find the right one. With H1N1 it sent from breakout to having a vaccine in about 6 months. Have we not gotten better at this? Or is this planned?

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  10. I loved this rustic cowboy reading tales of the Dust Bowl (and spotted bird dogs).

    If y’all need some more encouragement, check out my very short release, The Lo-Fi Hymnal: https://tjcookmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-lo-fi-hymnal

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