Gut Rumbles

November 17, 2004



I shamelessly stole this picture from here and I ain't apologizing for it. I saw those faces and something really strange washed over me, a feeling that I haven't known for a long time. I almost started to cry.

Don't whine to me about "hopelessly average" people. I see the salt of the earth and the rock-ribbed foundation of our country in those two faces. I see my grandmother and grandfather, I see love that endured through fire and rain, and I see faith, trust and hope in those elderly eyes. Ah, the stories they can tell.

History books tell us of "great" people who did "great" things: explorers, inventors, writers, leaders and philosophers. But there's not enough room in those history books for the stories of the "average" people who built this country and keep it running strong today.

Maybe people such as these never shook the world, but the world wouldn't be the same place without them. Appreciate them. Acknowlege the contributions they made to holding this country together.

And don't call them "hopelessly average."


There's nothing average about them. I see my parents and every elderly couple that live in my hometown where my parents still live.

Posted by: Tina on November 17, 2004 02:22 PM

Rob -

You absolutely nailed it on the head on this post - I think you deserve a trip to Costa Rica....

what a great picture - I hope my wife and I look like that when we are older..

Posted by: Pete on November 17, 2004 04:31 PM

I can appreciate this one.

Posted by: Key on November 17, 2004 05:10 PM

Various of my relatives in that shot.

I used to have two great-uncles, one died last year. That one was a diver in the Navy in WWII, and wound up with a disability pension from it. The other spent his time in 3rd Army Infantry from somewhere in France to the end.
They may not have done what a lot of weenies call 'great accomplishments', but they damn sure did their part to keep the world going.

Posted by: Mark on November 17, 2004 10:40 PM

Aren't they amazing? Those smiles....that spirit! They're the reason America is the greatest country on earth!

I'll never be able to claim a 50-yr anniversary with anyone at this point in my life, but I hope to find someone, someday, with whom that loyalty and commitment are such a precious gift.

I've met so many incredible people through blogging and through Protest's difficult to put into words just how inspiring they are - and the wonderful gifts they've given me.

Posted by: Da Goddess on November 18, 2004 12:14 AM

I want that jacket!

Salt of the earth, indeed!

Posted by: wes jackson on November 19, 2004 03:11 AM
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