MIAGD: make it a great day
One of the first articles to greet me on Facebook this morning was a post from a hometown friend about a recipe from The Great Depression, Corned Beef Luncheon Salad.
The article was quite interesting, and inspiring.
I loved hearing my grandparents describe The Great Depression. Their stories, when I was younger, were like great adventures they took as children. At nearly 52 years old, I find great inspiration from that entire generation, and even greater admiration. They were not about to be licked by anything: no work, lack of food, clothing, fuel for homes and autos, illness, poor living conditions, etc..
My grandparents never once looked back on this experience with any sense of victimization, nor regret. While they smiled as they reminisced, they seemed to exude some pride in the fact they had survived, and that they were led to new levels of resourcefulness, and creativity.
They were proud they’d looked poverty and hunger in the face, and still had the balls to take down the Japanese and Germans during WWII.
I bristle when I hear this current generation complain. Some folks have legitimate complaints, yes; but for the most part, some complaints are just their drama that echoes reality television.
I’ve now adopted five sons, and have shared my home with about eight foster sons. Most of these young lads endured the hunger, the poverty, the poor living conditions, not attending school, going without many of the basic daily requirements of healthy living.
Had I not been raised with my grandparents’ living history stories, being a single adoptive father might have been far more difficult than it already was trying to help angry sons heal from the previous world of adults that let them down.
Journalist Tom Brokow dubbed them, The Greatest Generation.
That Greatest Generation is quickly fading. Their spirit is fading, and subsequent generations will never be refueled by their inspiration with which I was so familiar.
While I continue to miss my grandparents, I am confident a spark of their lives is very much a part of me. I am defiant with hints of defeat, resilient, creative, determined with the “don’t eff with me” mindset, a tiger when I need to be, but even more, a visionary with a great sense of humor.
It’s up to us, those who grew up with The Greatest Generation, to reinstill their values in a world that’s become a bit too big for its britches.
Live each day with the spirit of The Greatest Generation, and make it a great day!