Recently, I was chatting with visitors from Tennessee, the Whitson family, and somehow our discussion turned to the technology era we currently seem to be breezing through. Mr. Whitson made the statement: “I keep hearing people talk about the good old days, and they fondly recall all of the good times, but personally I remember those days differently.”
His statement made me mindful of the tough times our forefathers were forced to endure. I had three uncles who served in World War II and each came home with assorted injuries, i.e. frozen fingers and toes, of which they were forced to live with the rest of their lives, yet I never heard any complaints about their problems. They considered the freedom they enjoyed as fair payment.
Then I think about the farmers, the coal miners, the millions of “blue collar” laborers of the 40s, 50s, and 60s and the 12 to 15 hour workdays, many being seven days per week. I doubt very seriously if they would have said, “These are the good old days.”
However, I believe it was the spirit they possessed that defined them. They were a people who failed to give in; as a matter of fact, their “American Ingenuity” became a symbol around the world. American inventions became known as work or time savers. Did they love life? You bet they did. Although by today’s standards they worked entirely too hard, and the long hours were difficult, they still had time to have fun.
They indeed laid the ground work for present day America, but the roles have changed. The days of working for only one company in one’s lifetime is now a rarity. It is now estimated that a person will work for several employers during their working years. One of the most sought after benefits now are additional days off to allow for family and fun times. I, for one, think this is a very nice perk.
So when you have a few moments, consider your family dynamics and not just what is happening now, try recalling the lives your parents and grandparents lived and consider just how well off you are today. Then consider what you would be willing to do to ensure your future family might continue to live in a free society. I believe you would be just as tough and gritty as your forefathers.
Your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce is a strong believer in Freedom and we promise to work diligently to accomplish this task for every American. We would certainly appreciate your support. You can accomplish this by becoming a Chamber member. Simply call (803) 276-4274 and allow Liz, Michelle, or me to tell you of the many benefits awaiting you through Chamber membership, or simply stop by our office located in Community Hall, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Someday, you will look back with fondness, simply because you took time to become a Chamber member.