|Do you know this famous Grandma?
Me: "Hi Grandma! Its me, your best Grandson in Arizona!"
Grandma: "Well hi there! How are you sweetie?"
Me: "Just fine Grandma. Just calling to check in with you."
I try to call Grandma at least a few times a year. She's getting "up there" in her years and I need to get my "Grandma fix" every now and then. She's so motivating with her kindness and wisdom. She's the quintessential arms-open, give Grandma a big hug, gray haired Grandmother.
Born in 1927, she seen her share of life's experiences. She was raised on a farm in Hennessey, Oklahoma with both parents and three siblings. She married my Grandfather and had four children of her own. She insisted on taking care of her husband for over a decade after he came down with Alzheimer's inside their own home. She bathed him, fed and clothed him every day until he passed. That was almost 17 years ago. She has helped raise three Grandkids and even took meals to an elderly woman on her street for several years.
I don't know what it was about her generation but they sure seemed to have learned something. Something that I'm not sure was passed down to the Baby Boomers. Both my folks are on their third marriage. Finances are a struggle and I wonder If I might be taking care of them someday. But not Granny. She has worked herself into owning 400 acres of farmland. She rents it out to other farmers and lets them put cattle on her land. She has oil wells and crops that still go to harvest and produce an income. She doesn't rely on food stamps or government hand outs...and she's 84 years old.
|Did the Great Depression affect YOUR family?
Me: "Grandma, do you remember The Great Depression?"
I wanted to see how she would compare The Great Depression to what our American society is going through today. Was it worse, was it easier today? I expected stories of soup lines and hard times.
Grandma said: "No. I don't really remember much about it."
Huh? Is Grandma starting to lose her memory? How could anyone of that time period NOT know the Great Depression?
That's when she said: "You see, we were farmers. So it didn't affect us. We always grew our own food and took care of ourselves. I knew it was going on but it didn't really affect our family."
And there it was...the plain obvious truth that so many "sheeple" can't see or understand. Self sufficiency breeds self reliance. Use it up, wear it out...make it do, or do without. Much of America has forgotten this old saying. In today's world where "it's cheaper just to buy a new one that to fix the old one" is a common phrase, but we've forgotten the main point. It's cheaper to buy a new one than to PAY SOMEONE ELSE to fix it. But why not fix it yourself? Or just do without? Or trade with a neighbor that knows how to fix it?
|Take care of your land and it will take care of you.
I just intended on sharing Grandma's wisdom and I went off on a little detour. I'll end it here. I think you know what I'm saying. And if you don't by now...I'll be praying for you...and all the other sheeple out there.