When I asked her about the great depression, which would have been from when she was 9 until she was 19. She looked at me kind of puzzled like she was trying to think whether that time frame was significant. She said that they had no clue that “The Great Depression” was even going on. She laughed, and we all laughed till I realized that she wasn’t kidding. Grandma, how on earth would you not know that the great depression wasn’t going on? Everyone lost all of their money and no one had any work! She said that they had everything they needed on the farm. Life continued on just like it always had. They were producing food that their family ate, and whatever they had extra they sold. They didn’t live a life of luxury with fancy cars and fancy clothes. They were farmers, and when they woke up they had a responsibility to get things done so that they could eat and make a living.
I think that this was one of the most influential things that anyone has ever told me. Grandma and Grandpa had much more to say of course, which I accounted for in my project. I loaded up all of the information in a binder and when I got my “A” I handed it to my mom and she stored it! The point of this little story is to explain what it takes to live a happy life. I am sure they had their ups and downs, but she has had a pretty eventful life while being a farmer! I go and see her every few weeks to bring her eggs and to chit chat about things. On a recent visit I went there to tell her that my wife Alicia is pregnant. My mother, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother were the first people I told on my side of the family. I told Great-Grandma my plan was to tell these three women first, so that way everyone would find out rather quickly! I told her how I look forward to taking a 5 generation picture once the baby gets here. Can you believe it!? My mom will be sitting there with her grandchild while also sitting next to her own grandmother. That just blows my mind!
We are having a little boy, and Alicia has already nicknamed him “Bean”. We decided that we like old fashioned names and that we wanted to keep the name in the family. I’ll let you guess what his real name is!