Reading this gives me an uncanny feeling with our present day economic situation. I also have parents who lived through the depression who have told me all my life, " You never lived through a depression so you don't know what can happen". The shift from industry jobs to manufacturing jobs then, and knowing we are now loosing manufacturing jobs overseas. The problems then of buying on credit which is a way of life now. The disappearing middle class? Too scary! Bad banking practices, deja vu! Presidential inaction.....Aye Aye Aye.
The pappy shooters, my father still rants about to this day. He spent his youth working in the 3 C's..and still is mean with a hatchet because they cut down a lot of trees. This history cuts too close to home and knowing history repeats itself is not comforting. Oh, and my mom has confirmed that the Dillingers were the rock starts of the day. Sort of like Johnny comparing rock stars and pirates.
We come from the same stock gemini!
My mother (b. 1917 Still kickin' God bless her
) and father (b. 1919 d. 1998) grew up in the depression.
The stories are many and of a hard life but of such care for one another..I think we all could use a little wake up call....the USA is the biggest abuser of natural resources etc....I don't want to go down that road..
I asked my mom about the Gangsters and she said that they were the "rock stars" of the day,
even in her hillbilly coal mining town they knew of Dillinger and had sightings (just like Bigfoot I guess
BTW my mom was second oldest of 11 (the oldest died during the depression) they had no food no money no clothes etc etc but her mom still had something when the hobo's came around (they lived right on the railroad tracks) maybe just a drink of water from the well but they always had something.
My mom still is so very proud of her mother as I am of mine....that time made some strong resilient people...May we all be that resourceful and behave with dignity if the time comes!