#3 so fortunate?
Absolutely. You had a family around you - even if not consistent and poor. You learned the value of hard work. You learned how to raise your own food and process it. You didn't have absent parents. You didn't live in a one bedroom apartment. Believe it or not you had a lot of advantages urban kids don't have.
I was the youngest of 7 kids on a farm in the hollers of east Tennessee.
My mother was widowed 3 times. No life insurances. just farmers. Dirt poor farmers. So she had nothing but debts and kids.
My mother made about $17,000 the year she retired.
I wore hand me downs only from my older brothers until I could buy my own clothes at age 16.
Yes fortunate you had clothes but I see your point.
I spent every summer and all weekends working on the farm, in the garden, tobacco and hay until I left for college.
Sounds a lot like me - minus the tobacco. Splitting wood, gardening, canning, harvesting berries, baling hay, etc.
My mother would spank every one of your butts for being such spoiled babies.
Recieved plenty of those...
btw, I am the first in my family to go to college and my mother and father never even graduated high school. We were so poor that we lived by bartering our resources. We didn't have money. We didn't even have a tractor. We had one mule. We planted 10 acres of tobacco by hand as well as all the other stages. I would have to be 30 feet in the top rungs of the barn to hang the tobacco while getting stung repeatedly by wasps and hornets. There was no stores or restaurants. There was work and family.
Yes, that is pretty poor. More like my father's era in my family. BTW I was the first in my family to go to college as well.
My uncle, Jimmy Martin, left the farm with just a guitar on his back as he hitch hiked to Nashville (about 250 miles) to become the King of Bluegrass.
Awesome for him.
I love people and will help people, especially my neighbors and friends, but I have yet to read a passage in the bible where Jesus assembled a group of lobbyists to bribe off the politicians so that he could enforce charity by government edict.
I am with you on this. But I don't think lobbyists are a big force for charity aimed at people. Corporate charity - oh absolutely. Is there something wrong with charity through government? We can dis on government all we want but let's face it when we look at actual charities out there far too many are outright frauds and most are no more efficient than the government.
#26 | Posted by utvols12342000