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From Yesterday to Today: Teach Your Children

Welcome to My Time Machine

Pull up a chair on the porch here. I’ve got a nice cup of hot chocolate for you, and a story to tell. It’s a magical story because it actually transports us back to the 50’s and 60’s, kind of a time-machine-story if you will. I’m not sure how it works, the physics of it all, but I promise you it won’t be a bumpy ride at all.

Are you comfortable? If so, let me pull this lever down, adjust the speed control so you don’t get motion sickness, and we’ll pull away from the curb of reality as smoothly as possible.

Sit down on the porch with me

Sit down on the porch with me

A Valuable Lesson From the Great Depression

There really is no way to explain to others what the Great Depression was like. I’ve heard countless stories from my parents and grandparents. I’ve seen countless videos, and read multiple books and still, I can’t wrap my brain around how bad it was for working-class families. We are going through some tough times, as a nation, during this COVID thing, but we aren’t even close to approaching the horror of the 1920’s.

Bank accounts simply disappeared as banks closed. Homes were foreclosed on at all-time record rates. People only had the food they could grow, or they could stand in “bread lines” for hours, hoping there would be a loaf of bread waiting for them after the long wait. People literally ate dandelion soup, or “weed broth,” for their only nourishment.

And, worst of all, hope was lost!

My dad dropped out of high school after his sophomore year, making him what, sixteen, and rode on freight trains across the Midwest in search of part-time work, so he could send a few dollars back to his mother. My grandparents lost most of their 300-acre corn farm to the bank.

It was horrible, and even saying it was horrible doesn’t come close to capturing the horror of it.

DIY practitioners before DIY was a thing

DIY practitioners before DIY was a thing

Lessons Learned

I remember asking my parents, when I was old enough to care and comprehend, what lessons they learned from it all. Did any of it help them in any way?

My mother told me that people grew closer to their neighbors. She said it was not unusual at all for neighbors with a little extra to bring that extra over to a neighbor’s home or farm. If someone had a bounty of potatoes during the summer, they would separate out what their family needed, and then share the rest. People would go to churches and leave old clothing there for people to pick up. They would do whatever it took to make sure no one felt hopeless and alone.

My dad told me he learned that most jobs around a house or property were jobs he could learn to do himself because, well, during the Great Depression, people didn’t have money to pay repairmen. Things like plumbing problems and electrical repairs and just basic carpentry jobs, a person learned how to do them all using the “trial and error” method.

And all of those lessons carried over into the 50’s and 60’s. My parents were generous, giving people when I knew them. My mother was quite active at the church, helping to prepare meals for the poor, and working on clothing drives. And my dad, God bless his soul, I don’t think he ever called a repairman during the twenty years I knew him. He just dove into any repair job with determination and grit.

And I was right alongside them both, soaking up lessons, and learning during my pre-teen and teen years.

Both of my parents believed it was important to teach me those valuable lessons. They believed it was important for me to have multiple skills in case, God forbid, times got tough again and I needed to fend for my family. So every weekend I was following my dad around, doing odd jobs, learning how to fix a light fixture or stop a leaky pipe, and every Sunday I would go to church with Mom and help her tend to the needy.

An odd, random memory: my dad wouldn’t allow me to get my driver’s license until I proved to him that I could change a flat tire, change the oil in the car, and change the sparkplugs. That’s just the way it was! No son of Dale LeRoy Holland was going to call a repairman to fix a damned tire! And I couldn’t get my driver’s license until I learned how to drive both an automatic and a manual transmission.

I can’t say I always appreciated having my spare time taken away from me. There were many times I grumbled about missing out on a pickup baseball game. But I went, and I learned, and today, fifty years later, I look to the skies and shout thanks to my parents for taking the time to teach me how to survive in this sometimes-cruel world.

My teacher

My teacher

I Wonder About Today’s Kids

I’m not one of those guys who sits on his front porch and grumbles about the young whipper-snappers who don’t know how to tie their shoes and chew gum at the same time. Live and let live is pretty much the Bible of Living I follow. If kids want to spend all of their spare time playing video games, or hanging out on social media, so be it. But I do wonder if parents, these days, aren’t doing a disservice to their kids if they don’t teach them how to be a bit more self-sufficient.

What will those kids do, twenty years from now, when another pandemic arrives on our shores? What will they do if they lose their job and have very little disposable money available for repairs or food? What will they do if they have no practical experience to draw upon when times get tough?

But then this thought just came to me: what if their parents don’t have the skills to teach their kids those lessons? We are far-removed from the Great Depression. We have had at least two generations come, and go, since those days. It’s entirely possible that the majority of adults say, between the ages of 25-50, have no clue how to do basic repairs or grow vegetables or succeed with a craft.

This is just one reason, among many, why I continually tell kids that I think they should give some thought to going to trade school rather than college. People need plumbers and electricians and HVAC technicians and carpenters more now than ever in our history, and twenty years from now those skills will be like gold in the marketplace.

Just random thoughts as I sit on the porch, looking out over our millennial neighborhood.

All I Know for Sure Is This

I’m very grateful to my parents for taking the time to teach me how to be self-sufficient. They wanted the best for their boy, but they also knew times would come when the best simply was not available, and during those times their little Billy better be able to fend for himself.

Listen, thanks for taking the time to sit with me and “listen” to my musings. It seems to be pretty predictable that old men spend a lot of time thinking about life and lessons learned, ruminating, if you will, sometimes to others, but most often to themselves. So it was nice of you to pay attention while I headed off on this tangent.

Any old time you want to chat you can find me on the porch, looking out at life, pondering heavy matters of the mind and heart.

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Comments

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 23, 2020:

So very true, Jo! My parents would not tolerate whining, and I learned very quickly to express gratitude for anything I received.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on November 21, 2020:

My parents grew up in the depression also, Bill. I think the thing they taught me was how to be frugal, and how to be thankful for the things I have.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 20, 2020:

I agree with you, Mary. I do think we are going to see more and more people using food banks. Tough times are coming, my friend, and I hope many of us are ready for them.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 20, 2020:

The next time you come down to Washington, Linda, we'll share trade secrets with each other. :) Always learning!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 20, 2020:

Becky, I love it. I especially love that you plant a couple trees each year. I love that your kids are growing up self-sufficient, and I love the story about your grandfather. That is priceless!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 20, 2020:

I totally agree with you, Rasma! Teaching children how to think is the best gift we can give in schooling.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 19, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your memories, Meg! I hope we see a resurgence of DIY across our countries. I think it's needed.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 19, 2020:

Like you, Bill, I have read novels on the Great Depression, and I have seen my parents-in-law, who had lived through those years, make choices. We have worked with policymakers on the importance of kids learning both science and vocational skills in high school. The Depression is too far away now from the life lived today with its own urgencies. The line up in the food banks would probably be the closest, but unless we see it, it's almost non-existent. I think, though, that they will have their own challenges.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 19, 2020:

No they are not, Liz, but they should be. I suspect things are going to be much worse for many people this next year. Skills such as sewing and repairing will be very handy. DIY videos should see a lot of viewing in the next few months.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 19, 2020:

Lora, I'm trying to find your comment. Strange things are happening in the comment section. It shows that you commented, but I can't find it when I open up the comment section. I'll keep hoping, but in the meantime, thank you for the comment.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 19, 2020:

Denise, you just reminded me of a memory. I had forgotten washing out bread bags. That must have been a pretty common thing to do back in the 30's and 40's. Thanks for reminding me of that.

I hope you are well. Thank you my friend, and blessings always.

bill

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 19, 2020:

I'm very happy, Ann, I was raised the way I was raised. I don't think I would have expressed happiness about it when I was young, but I do today, most definitely.

Well, let's hope things don't get any worse for us all. Let's hope brighter days are ahead, eh?

Be well!

bill

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 19, 2020:

MizB, thanks for weighing in. Yes, I remember hearing that people paid for things with extra food they might have. They found a way to pay, and people accepted it, and everyone was able to hold onto some dignity during very hard times.

Yes to today's kids. Self-sufficiency should be taught in school. And logic!

Be well, my friend!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 19, 2020:

Bill, times are changing for sure. I guess if the younger generation isn't worried about it, I probably shouldn't be, right? lol Have a great Thursday, and thank you!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 18, 2020:

This is an interesting article, Bill. It makes me think about what my parents taught me. I learned a lot from them. I wish I could learn even more.

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on November 18, 2020:

I laughed while reading this. My grandfather was a farmer, I thought. Then I found out he farmed for food, and drilled wells for money. He assigned each of his 12 kids a row, and they better take proper care of it. He would come home from work, sit down and have a cup of coffee and go inspect their rows. Anyone that had not done their row, got to go back and do it again during dinner. This was during the 20s and 30s. They raised their food and the money paid bills and bought things they couldn't raise. All my aunts and uncles learned to sew, because someone had to make their clothes. They just bought the material when it was needed and they built it.

My oldest son works as the head of maintenance at a mobile home park. He does the gardening, builds new spaces, with all the plumbing and electric and people are trying to rent from that park all the time. It is a really nice park. They also put in a RV park last summer. Lots of tourists around here. He makes the spaces all look nice too. He helped me get my veggie gardens going here when we moved here. Nothing but desert when we bought the place. Now I can grow most of our food. My daughter is learning and helps me can and dry the food and herbs. My orchard got partially planted, I'm doing a couple of trees a year. I call him and tell him I need lines put in for automatic watering and he schedules me in.

My other son is studying computer science, but he makes money as a cook, or a carpenter, a roofer, or general maintenance. I only have to hire electricians, because one of my boys knows how to do any maintenance I need done.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 18, 2020:

A very interesting article. It is so important to always teach children right from wrong and also to teach them how best to think for themselves,

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on November 18, 2020:

You are so right. My sister in law, who has reached 80, wonders how the kids of today (well the girls anyway) get away with not having to clear the table or wash dishes! Even such simple jobs as these are useful to learn, in order to keep your environment clean and healthy. My father taught me to use a saw and a screwdriver and I loved to watch him do DIY jobs around the house, though he was not able to do many in later years because of heart problems.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 18, 2020:

This is a thought-provoking and insightful article. It puts our current situation in perspective and shines a light on previous generations. As well as the act of being self-sufficient in skills, it also causes me to reflect on the practices of saving up for things and mending and making do. These too are not so evident in the modern age.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 18, 2020:

My mom was a girl through the depression but I could tell it had an impact on her. She used to talk about it and she taught us to grow our own food. She made us wash out and reuse bread bags and plastic wear. Nothing was thrown away in her home. I certainly agree with your assessment.

We need to learn to be self-sufficient even if it is to pass on those traits for the next disaster that is sure to befall the next generation. Thanks for the memories.

Blessings,

Denise

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

Thank you Nithya! I do think we could all strive to be a bit more self-sufficient. It certainly wouldn't harm us to do so.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

Linda, congratulations to your daughter. That is wonderful news about her starter home. Do we have a real estate mogul in the making? :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

You and me both, Peggy! Wearing holey jeans for fashion is a foreign concept to me. lol

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

Miebakagh, thanks so much for a glimpse into your past. Best wishes catching fish, my friend. May you have bountiful catches.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 18, 2020:

I know quite a few parents of today, some who are good at passing on practical knowledge and some who get others to do everything in the house. I've always said that the ones who will survive when any sort of crisis arrives, are those who are practical, who have survival skills. Surprisingly, I totally agree with you, bill!

I love these nuggets of wisdom that you pass to us, from your own family. Mine was one which also encouraged us all to do what we could ourselves, to save money and to spend wisely.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Ann

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 18, 2020:

We definitely have this in common, Bill. I remember my parents talking about going through the depression, too. Both were from the rural South. My dad came from a farming family and they had no problems growing their own food. My mom's dad was a barber, and although times were hard, they didn't go hungry either. She said that her mom always grew a garden, and that men who couldn't afford haircuts paid in food, such as a chicken or a slab of bacon. Her dad often came home with his arms loaded with meat from his customers. Men kept their pride, and getting a haircut was one way they did it. My parents did suffer other hardships though.

On the other hand, one elderly friend of mine, now deceased, said that he had $20,000 saved when the depression hit, and he and his wife "lived like kings." That was a new on me.

But I do think you have a major point about teaching our children to be self-sufficient instead of coddling them. This pandemic and the economic hardships are giving people the opportunity to do this. Now, let's just hope that they will before it is too late.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on November 18, 2020:

I can’t even begin to imagine what it was like to live through the depression. My grandparents never talked about it that I remember. My dad was very young at the time, probably too young to realize what was happening. Even though my parents didn’t live through the depression they taught us to be very self sufficient for which I am very grateful. Today’s generation, I’m not so sure about? Too much tech and not enough hands on practical knowledge. Guess time will tell?

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 18, 2020:

Your parents were great, they looked out for you and taught you valuable skills that they do not teach in college. We need plumbers, electricians, carpenters and more such skilled people and down the line the demand for such people will definitely increase. Thank you for sharing your story with us, a reminder to teach our children how to survive and be self-sufficient.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 18, 2020:

Bill, I love these hops into the time machine because they always take me back to my childhood. We have taught our younger daughter to do the basics and beyond. She recently sold her first home, her starter home. It was a definite fixer-upper, and except for the electrical work which had to be done by a licensed electrician, she did all of it herself or with the help of her dad. I'm so danged proud of her. There IS hope for this new generation.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

Thank you Chitrangada Sharan! Well done, teaching your children to be responsible citizens and compassionate human beings. That is the greatest gift we can give them.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 18, 2020:

We also did not have as many clothes as a majority of people own today. So the ones we had would eventually become well-worn. I look at the styles today with the shredded and holey jeans and scratch my head. Patches as the desired style have also had their day in the sun.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on November 18, 2020:

Hi Bill, I think I was a small boy during the Great Depression. All that I know are history like you. The Depression is everywhere, but I am in my primary school, and to be worsen by the Nigerian Civil war! I have had learnt many practical things like building construction and carpentry after my secondary school and university education. I leverage on these to supplement my civil servant pay. I can repair certain electric faults, and encourage my childrens to learn a trade. Catching fishes is my love. We are presently into another covid-19 depression. Bill, this time travel is worth every cent/penny.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

Brenda, thanks for sharing your memories with us all. I don't know, honestly, if all of this is good or bad. I do believe times are going to get harder economically. I don't see how we avoid that, and if people can't fend for themselves then who will?

Anyway, thank you for stopping by.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

As always, Mr. Happy, thank you for the visit. Hold a flame to a log? I'll be laughing about that all day, if I'm not weeping. lol So many things I do around the house, I taught myself; it was that or pay someone, and I rarely had the money to do that. Besides, there is great satisfaction in learning a new trade, yes?

Happy Wednesday to you, my friend.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

Peggy, for sure times are changing.

I always had patches on my jeans. It's just the way it was. My parents couldn't afford to buy me new clothes, and I would always rip mine out playing, so there you go. It was patches or go naked. lol

Have a great Wednesday!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

And it's always nice having you visit, Pamela. Thanks so much for sharing your time with me. Next time I'll have cookies ready.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

Thank you, Eric! That's one thing I never got into - canning - my loss, I suspect.

I was so excited the first time I drove a stick and didn't kill the engine. lol Simple pleasures!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

Heidi, I was just talking to my favorite barista the other day about cooking meals, and she said her and her roommates have Uber deliver meals daily to their home...daily! She said she barely knows how to cook and really can't be bothered to learn.

Sigh!

Happy Hump Day, my friend!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

Debra, my son is clueless, and he's 36. I have no idea what mistakes I made as a single parent. I taught him things, but their importance did not stick with him. Sigh! He has to swim in his own muck now. He has the tools to make it; it remains to be seen if he will. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Best wishes to you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 18, 2020:

An important and valuable article.

You are right about the Great Depression, and it’s comparison to the ongoing pandemic.

So heartening to read about the important values, your parents taught you. These are lessons for life—self sufficiency, being self dependent, caring for others. Having received similar lessons from my parents, I have tried to pass it on to my children. I am glad that they are responsible citizens and compassionate human beings.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 18, 2020:

Bill,

I am glad you had those kind hearted parents to teach you.

I remember my parents being a bit strict about the way we did things too. We had to earn our own money if we wanted extra things.

And we definitely bought our own vehicles when it came time to start driving.

We were taught at an early age that life was not going to be easy all the time.

We went to church each Sunday morning rather we wanted to or not.

Then off to the grandparent's house for a family Sunday get together and eating.

My parents were not rich, but they made sure we had what we needed.

I remember my dad having a bill at the local grocery store so we could have food to eat.

I do remember my grandparents talking about those lines for bread and something about gas tickets. Each person could only get so much gas for his car.

I do worry about the kids today.

I have a half brother who I dont believe was taught much of anything. He cannot fix anything. He will just call our dad when he needs help, so maybe he was not taught.

He is alot younger than me and my dad probably didn't have the patience to guide him plus his mother had alot of different views.

Poor kid never knew what a spanking was..it was forbidden.

So I guess he has not taught his children any of these values either.

I do remember my Dad making my older brother help him with everything...tire changing, plumbling, and we heard alot of grumbling from both of them.

Your story was quite nice today. It definitely kept my attention all the way through.

Enjoy your day and stay safe.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on November 18, 2020:

"People only had the food they could grow, or they could stand in “bread lines” for hours, hoping there would be a loaf of bread waiting for them after the long wait." - Many times there wouldn't be a "loaf of bread" for those at the end of the queue ... Sounds exactly like my childhood and guess what? I wasn't alive in the 1920s LOLOL

"If someone had a bounty of potatoes during the summer, they would separate out what their family needed, and then share the rest." - My grandma told me how she sent a student home (she was a teacher) to bring her two eggs because his family had a bunch of egg-laying chickens (this was after the War). It was three million lei (lei is the Romanian currency) for two eggs roffl Sigh ... insane.

"what if their parents don’t have the skills to teach their kids those lessons?" - Haha!! I look at some people trying to start a fire outside and I see them basically holding a lighter to a log. May the Gods help us!! LOL

"It’s entirely possible that the majority of adults say, between the ages of 25-50, have no clue how to do basic repairs or grow vegetables or succeed with a craft." - One of my nephews who is 22 came by to visit a couple of weeks ago when I was still working on tiling the kitchen. I did one cut on a tile to show him how it's done and then, I left him in the garage and told him to go crazy and mess-up as many tiles as needed but to eventually bring me the cut tiles which I needed. He messed-up a few tiles but then, he brought me the cut tiles which I needed. Si puede!! lol

"I continually tell kids that I think they should give some thought to going to trade school rather than college." - I am very wary of telling kids this. We are in a danger of heading towards kids who only value making money. Kids who are trapped in a mathematical way of thinking. No, we need artists. We need philosophers. We need writers, right? lol To each their own. We would be best off realizing at what the kids are good at and supporting them in those specific areas. Not all kids are meant to be surgeons as not all kids are meant to be plumbers. Adults have to discern that and act accordingly.

"Listen, thanks for taking the time to sit with me and “listen” to my musings." - Thank You for sharing. It snowed last night so, I feel like hibernation is about to begin. I will have lots of time for reading "musings".

All the very best!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 18, 2020:

The old ways were good ones and more grounded. My grandparents worked hard and survived the Great Depression. Until my grandfather got to be old, he always had a huge garden. My mother and grandmother canned, and I learned how to do it from them. My parents hand-built their home and only used some extra help from an electrician and plumber.

My mother has told tales of my grandpa resoling their shoes. My grandmother made all of their clothes. She also collected clothing to pass on to the people catching the rails during that time. She would always have a small job for them to do, and then feed them, and if clothing fit, she would give them clothing.

Today, many people do not even learn how to cook! That is amazing to me! As you have pointed out, learning how to be self-sufficient serves everyone well.

Good article, Bill! Take care!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 18, 2020:

Your parents taught you so man good things that I think many children don't get today. I heard about the way people helped one another during the depression. Yes, times were tough but people usually cared about each other. During WWII, it was the same with the victory gardens.

I was raised in a similar fashion. We had to be responsible. When I became an adult and had 3 sons, I taught them to be responsible as well. It pays off as even my 3 grandchildren are responsible adults, and they take care of probems when they arise.

It is always nice to sit on the proch and chat, Bill. I enjoyed the visit.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

It's always a pleasure, Rosina! Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 18, 2020:

Manatita, I do believe these DIY skills will see a comeback. Economic woes are going to increase in the world, I believe, and people will simply have to learn the old ways.

I hope I'm wrong!

Blessings always

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 18, 2020:

Sounds familiar. That is unless we knew the plumber really needed some work. Seems we swapped a lot of work too. Mom would make us go help in someone's yard or whatever and we would get to bring home apples -- or maybe an apple pie! I figure I had been driving 10 years before I brought my car/truck to a mechanic.

For some reason I did not get to "saw" until I was older - at least 11.

I remember you had canned or somehow preserved fruit and veggies in the winter and fresh at the natural time. Grandpa could grow anything.

Thanks buddy.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on November 18, 2020:

My parents were born in the Depression. While they probably had some inkling of what was going on around them, they didn't seem to have the full-on Depression era mindset that they would have if they were older at the time. So I didn't have that rhetoric running in our house.

Lest I become a "get off my lawn" old fuddy-duddy, I am absolutely stunned at the number of kids that don't or don't want to get a driver's license. What???? That was a right of passage when I was growing up, even though my dad didn't insist on me driving stick, or changing a tire or oil. He couldn't do those things either! ;)

From what I understand, the younger generations are more likely to use Uber, hitch a ride with friends, or stay home. One of my hubby's co-workers said if his kid wants something to eat, or anything else for that matter, he just orders it and has it delivered. Some of this is just the evolution of tech. Others want fewer cars on the road for environmental reasons. Even when I was younger, my friends who lived downtown had no good places to park a car, and used public transportation. I would say that today most can't afford a car with the student loan crisis. Whatever the motivation or situation, it will change America's love affair with cars.

Anyway, I'll take a cup of hot chocolate. Cheers!

Debra Roberts from Ohio on November 18, 2020:

My sister and I were just texting (grumbling) about our adult kids and how disconnected they all are with us. I have Covid and only 1 of my 4 has bothered to see if I need anything or even ask how I'm doing. My mother and father would blow a gasket today if I didn't check on them when they're ill, having surgery etc. In fact, our adult kids rarely connect with us unless they need something. I always set a good example for them to follow and never handed them anything without it being earned. I demanded they show appreciation anytime someone gave them a gift. Yet, I still sit here and ask myself what I could've done differently? Maybe it's the Covid quarantine depression getting the best of me (which incidentally, I wrote an article about on here just yesterday...I think I need to go edit it to add in the mental part! Great piece...I want to send this anonymously to my children :)

Rosina S Khan on November 18, 2020:

It was nice chatting with you about lessons from the old times on your porch. Yes, kids of today are not self-sufficient, and the parents take no measures to make them so. They would rather have fun on social media and play video games. It was nice to know the lessons your parents poured over you and how they taught you to give and help your neighbors. Thanks for sharing this article, Bill. I enjoyed reading it, grabbing lessons too. Happy Wednesday to you!

manatita44 from london on November 18, 2020:

I think I've covered some of that sojourn in my last poem and in the coming one. In a deep and profound way, of course.

Evolution is speeding up its journey, like a tidal wave and things are not the same. I mean, even our 'man' is now beginning to admit defeat. God bless him. Can help doing some reflection, but unfortunately, it's all gone Bro. Happy that the skills stayed with you though. Useful in these hard times. Peace