I just left the Sandusky City Commission meeting and witnessed Mayor Craig Stahl over dramatize our current economic condition to quiet Sandusky Register reporter and fellow blogger Jason Singer, who was at the podium. (I must say, Jason has an excellent grasp of public sector governance and its fiscal responsibilities.)
To divert the audience’s attention from Jason’s valid questions, Mr. Stahl said, “What we are experiencing today is unprecedented.” Then he told Jason he hopes he never has to experience these times ever again.
That statement provoked me to blog about this: I wonder how many of us who have no memory of tough times, really appreciate those who are now over 90 years old? Now those are people who truly lived through the toughest of times! And they will tell you they are a better person because of it.
Our 90 and over population remembers rationing every square of toilet tissue (assuming they were fortunate to have it), putting cardboard in the soles of their shoes and happy to have a pair (The certainly didn’t care about the social pressures of what people would think when they noticed they weren' “Nikes.”) and having to grow their food because they didn’t have enough money to buy it at the grocery store.
A few years ago I had the good fortune of bringing in some guests to Perkins High School. All of them were age 93 or older. One gentleman shared his childhood/adolescent stories. In response to a student’s question, “What did you do when you were my age," he replied, “I wonder if you kids today, could live like we had to live."
He explained that his day started at 5 a.m. setting traps. The animals he caught were dinner, and their skins were sold for whatever he could get for them. Then he did the farm chores and off to school.
He walked. There was no bus. After school he checked his traps and brought home what he caught. It wasn’t for pleasure that this was done. It was out of necessity. (I would think this would really take the fun out of trapping.) Then it was time for farm chores, again. With his free time, he would try to make extra money by wheeling coal to stoke the furnaces of those who would hire his help.
Now those are tough economic times!
I would agree we are in the midst of some scary economic difficulties. However, it doesn’t begin to compare to the great depression.
I certainly hope it never does.