As we grow up our life’s directions are driven by the people in our lives and the times we grow up. That is to say our thoughts and attitudes toward the world and many times our life's goals are set by the ones who impress the young mind by their speech, lives or their attitudes toward us..
If you remember anyone who ‘suffered thru’ the early 1930’s depression you surely have heard, “Always put something back for a rainy day.” They knew the importance of having something to fall back on because many had nothing but their hands and a sharp mind to get through that time.
Most of the folks I came in contact with were family and church folk. I was exposed to a good work ethic and it was stressed always give the man a days work for a days pay.
I was in the USMC before I met boys who were raised in apartment buildings, row houses and Government Projects. In that respect my life was sheltered. Shirl and I were sort of the second family of Mom & Dad. We actually lived the good life, the older siblings remembered the tough times. They were born just before or during the Great Depression.
Living only in NC until I was 17, I did not realize that New York was mostly rural and mountainous. I thought it was all New York City.
Pennsylvania? I thought it was Philly and Pittsburg. Texas was Cowboys and Cowgirls desert and plains. Amazing what you learn when you GROW UP!
Right now we are in Virginia. Much of our history is grounded here. This is where many of our forefathers were born. Much history around here. Jimmy mentioned in his Blog that in August of 1775 King George declared the colonies in rebellion. Just yesterday we were in a town called King George. I didn’t know it existed, did you?
We all remember Patrick Henry, GIVE ME LIBERTY!
George Washington, James Monroe and Robert E Lee were born near here. (Possibly Patrick Henry, still working on that one). Lots of history around the Potomac, nice to be here.
Lee & Monroe
I’m a strange guy, I like picturing me walking where Lincoln walked (we traced him one year, from Sinking Spring (KY) into Illinois) and so I will imagine George Washington playing were we walk when we visit. I sorta freeze time and think.
So did life surprise you when you got outside your family cocoon?
PS: I received an e-mail entitled: A sermon is better lived than preached, I am going to include them in the next few blog entries. #1:
Quote….”Today, when I slipped on the wet tile floor a boy in a wheelchair caught me before I slammed my head on the ground. He said, “Believe it or not, that's almost exactly how I injured my back 3 years ago.” “
OLD customized, gotta love it.