Gut Rumbles

December 17, 2004

bless her

My 93 year-old grandmother, waxing nostalgic today:

"I never thought much about the Great Depression, the soup lines and nobody having a job. We lived through it and didn't know anything about it. Where we were, we didn't have a radio and we didn't get a newspaper. Great Depression? We didn't know or care about what was going on 'out there.' We knew we didn't have any money, but neither did anybody else. We grew almost everything we had to have. If I needed flour, we'd shuck a bushel of corn and trade it for flour. I had about 25 good laying hens, so I collected eggs and traded them for salt, pepper and what-not, the stuff we couldn't grow ourselves. And your Papaw could build almost anything. We didn't have much, but we never went hungry."

I love that woman. They don't make 'em like that anymore.


I don't know. I think they're still made the same way, just nobody has had to make do like that for so many years. I'm grateful for that, but the American people are resilient if nothing else. Our troops in Iraq are proof of that.

Let's hope we don't have to go through what your(our) grandmother(s) went through, but I bet we'd make it if we have to.

Keep smiling, great blog....

Greg from Arkansas

Posted by: greg on December 17, 2004 06:46 PM

AM- you did it again. You got me thinking about my maw-maw who survived the Depression, a severely alcoholic husband who treated her like shit and gave birth to 10 kids. She was calm and brought peace anywhere she went. And people wonder why I like Butterbeans and cornbread.

Posted by: DaneBramage on December 18, 2004 11:10 AM

she sounds like a woman with a hell of a head on her shoulders. when I'm that age, I'll be talking about all the assholes that were more worried about whether they got the right amount of foam on their cappuccino than world hunger.

Posted by: girl on December 19, 2004 12:30 PM
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