=Shea Grey;4487009]+1000....i was blessed enough to be raised by my grandmother until she died when i was 12....i was in the Navy at 17, which is telling. i only brought that up because she was almost 30 when the Depression hit. She told me everything. How our extended family of 8, 3 working males, my great grandmother, who turned the backyard into a massive garden, how she had gone for weeks without a penny in her pocket, but the family always ate, and KEPT the house, etc.
She had me reading the newspaper daily when i was 5, and every evening the televised news, as well the newsradio on all day. my people worked in the garment industry, and my great grandfather helped organize the shop, unionized. They all worked hard, very hard. His joy on the weekends was listening to the ball games on the radio.
In many ways, under her parenting, it was as if, i grew up in 1946, rather than the 1960's, i lost her in Dec 1972, so much of my worldview and personal make up is shaped in this era. i save everything, waste is sin. She was the one that saw to it, that i was taught on Tuesdays and Sundays in the synagogue. She was the one that saw to it, that my voracious appetitte for books was satisified.
So today, i live in a hybrid world of my own, where Ike is still the President of the United States. You could say thats fantasy, but W.I. Thomas said, and i paraphrase, that whatever a man believes to be real, in its effect and consequence to him, becomes real.
We are in a depression right now, but also we are in a state of shock, fear and national denial.