Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I just returned from a short geneology vacation with my sister in lower Delware and Maryland. We grew up there. My father built a house in Blue Ball, MD, we attended Calvert Elementary school and had family in nearby Wilmington, Del. At age 12 we moved to lower Delaware to Riverdale/Oak Orchard. You have to be from there to know where that is. Sis and I had an amazing time going through old cemeteries and visiting old haunts. Rehoboth Beach, De hasnt changed much. Still the same boardwalk and buildings and thoroughfare. Just different businesses. Candy Kitchen, where we worked is still there and also Grotto Pizza. We learned to love Pizza at Grotto's and I understand it is now sort of a franchise operation with outlets in many places.
I'll post another day with pics but todays post has to do with working for a living. After visitng Delaware we headed for Northeast Md where we stayed with a cousin and attended a family reunion of sorts. I know what poor is, having seen it first hand. My dad was retired from the Navy and had a pension and he and my mom worked. We weren't rich by any stretch of the means but we had what we needed. My cousin came from a family of 5 kids and they lived in a house that had no water. Can you imagine living in a home during the 40's and 50's with no running water? In a developed section of the country? They were dirt poor. Her mother, my aunt, worked as a seamstress and her father was one of those who went from job to job or no job. This was a time when there were no food stamps, no government aid. No nothing.
My cousin married at 19 and had 3 children. The twin boys were preemies and one of them died so she raised a son and a daugher. Now she and her husband live on a farm in MD, retired with horses and cows. They are wealthy beyond imagination, not in money but in family, love and happiness. From a childhoods with absolutely nothing to a modest home on a farm in MD with family living on the same property. They are the example of the American Dream, growing up and living in a country where you can work for a living and make it.
I contrast that with todays population. 50% of Americans dont work. They just stay home and collect their government check. In some cases this is a good thing. There are those who need help while they are in transition, searching for a job. That is what government help is designed for. But then there are others who milk the system.
I hope and pray that things turn around soon. I'm not going to get into politics here but something has to happen in November. Only God knows what that is.