Ken Burns’ documentary on the Dust Bowl and Timothy Egan’s book “The Worst Hard Time” reminded me that my parents were part of that generation … growing up during the Great Depression and then winning World War Two.
My mother grew up in western Kansas and remembers the big dust storms of the 1930s. My dad grew up in southeast Kansas … son of a minister … and served in the Army Air Corps during the war. Both parents’ families were large … and neither had any money. My mom and dad met in the Wichita Beech plant in the early 40s.
I wonder if we realize how tough that generation was? Not many Americans in those days escaped the economic struggles, followed by the sacrifices of World War Two. Most Americans shared those dark times … and the triumphs that followed.
Was there ever a finer generation of Americans?
I wish we had about a tenth of their citizenship … and courage … today.
Our thought for today is from Robert Louis Stevenson:
“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”