What If Today's Generation was raised like my grandfather?
After my grandfather died, we were helping my grandmother clean out his closet. At the top of his closet, near the hot light bulb, we beheld an amazing sight.
Stacked neatly still in the original plastic packaging were many years’ worth of Christmas and birthday gifts. It seems he received mostly shirts. However, after sitting in the top of that hot closet near the lightbulb, the aging plastic had melted onto the shirts.
The net result of these unused gifts would be that they were also unusable to anyone else.
You could say he was saving them. But you have to understand, my grandfather survived the depression. He looked at new things as a luxury and subscribed to the idea that you needed to make do with what you had.
A variation of the phrase once uttered by Calvin Coolidge became a mantra, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”
This generation that had survived World War I, the Depression and World War II had learned valuable lessons and would hold on to those lessons for the rest of their lives.
And this is why the plastic melted on those shirts. Still unopened, even though they were appreciated. One could sarcastically and cynically say “he was saving them.”
Saving them for what? He died in his 80s.
But that generation, birthed a generation who would never know poverty. Then that generation birthed a generation that had never known virtually any sacrifice at all.
Now that generation then birthed people who destroy statues of people that they never even learned about. Recently they destroyed the statue of Frederick Douglass, the famous African-American abolitionist.
When you’re tearing down statues of men who fought bravely to end slavery in our country and bring us to the ideals that we claim in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, you are literally on the wrong side of history.
There’s very little wrong in this country that could not be righted with a generation raised to live like my grandfather.
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