DEAL OF THE CENTURY
†††† MY SISTER WROTE [Square brackets contain information added†††††††
††††† for clarification or, when empty, deleted to protect her privacy]:
Actually, our family was slightly
dysfunctional all along.† I think in retrospect
that everyone did what they needed to do to "carry on".† During our growing up years we each dealt
with things as they were and when we became adults continued to do the same.† I doubt there are but a few families that
really matched the picture of what an American family was supposed to be.† There was a great deal of change and growth
during our growing up years and that contributed to the unsettled and rapidly
evolving times.† Family life stopped
being what had once been the norm and the rapid changes in the structure of
†††† AND I REPLIED:
The picture came to us most forcibly through our television sets, and it was carefully controlled by corporations that wanted us to buy the things we saw advertised.† Happy families drove station wagons, and so forth.† There were warm times around the fire at Christmas, and lots of presents for everyone.
A brief look back into history shows that was not always the norm.† What we experienced was almost the norm, except we had lots of money due to dad's success as a vice president at [†† ].†† We participated in the post war boom and rode high on it.
A happy childhood is not the result of things. An unhappy childhood can be caused by lack of things such as food and shelter, but having loving parents can help make up for misfortune.† When the misfortune is consumerism and a glut of things which you are told will bring happiness, if you're not happy you're ungrateful, and it can be quite difficult to express or even discern unhappiness.†
†††† MY SISTER ALSO WROTE:
So, remember.....'don't ever sell your saddle 'cause life's a long, long ride' as a country song once said.
††††† AND I REPLIED:
†I recall a different version of this, told to
me by a kid in
What goes around comes around.† We get our 15 minutes of fame and sometimes we deal the cards.† Instead of reacting, we become activists.† And then what?† We had all better think seriously about this because not only do we embody history, we're the present and the future.†
It's the deal of the century.