The Silver Screen Legend XIV Raffle
Today’s kids are so advantaged they can almost be considered disadvantaged as they have so much you have to wonder how they can appreciate anything. It’s not their fault; blame it on parents and grandparents who want to give them “more than we had” and, in some ways, wind up giving them less. Things can’t replace time invested in their lives.
When my generation was growing up we had a real appreciation for the few things we had. I didn’t realize at the time how poor we actually were. No government agency tried to sign us up, or politicians curry our favor. We didn’t have a car until I was 11-years old, so I didn’t think it was unusual to go to the grocery store pulling a wagon.
My father died before I was a year old and mother remarried a few years later to a good man. He had virtually no education having dropped out of school in the 4th grade to work in the coal mines, but he always had a job, we always had a warm, dry, clean house, although quite small and nothing fancy, and mom always set a great table. I don’t know how she managed on so little money.
Saturday evening was always a great treat as mom made a big pot of popcorn on the stove and made a large pitcher of Kool-Aid. How could we be poor with such treats? Sunday dinner was always a roast or meatloaf so we could have cold sandwiches in the evening as we listened to Jack Benny and Amos and Andy on the radio. I thought surely even kings could not live any better, and I’m saddened that today’s kids miss these wonderful pleasures. We all seemed to be very happy with very little; so many of today’s kids are so sad with so much.
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