Skip to comments.10 Lessons From People Who Lived Through The Depression
Posted on 11/21/2011 7:22:27 PM PST by Kartographer
Wanda Bridgeforth was hit hardest on the home front as a child, when her parents couldn't afford to keep her with them. At one point she lived with 19 peoplein a six room house. It was in these situations that she learned to conserve what she had, and reuse what she found.
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Another reason I am not kicking my 22 yr old out
Black clouds cover the horizon, the lightening is flashing and there is the distant sound of thunder! The storm flags are going up, who you heed them?
I am very aware that if its the great end that there is nothing I can do to stop or change it, but history is full of instances and times when man or nature have caused such a calamity that people have cried out and begged God to end it all.
The bible has many verse such as this:
A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
NIV Proverbs 22:3
This verse and others are there for a reason and I urge all to take heed of them, because we are clearly on the edge. Everyday there is a new story about the Yutes who grow more restless everyday and when you add the fact that because of the economy people are already on edge it wont take much to set things off.
Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege of AR-558 (#7.8) (1998)
Quark: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. Theyre a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You dont believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.
Today we have yutes who roam our streets who are with out morals, without respect for law or life itself. They will look are you with the same doll eyes a shark does before he eats you and they will feel no more compassion than the shark does.
That will be the test of many. Most preppers I know are Christian people and they will hesitate to do what they might have to do to stop the yutes. On the other hand the yutes wont think twice nor lose a minute of sleep, in fact they will smile and laugh about it.
For those who are just starting or are old hands at prepping you may find my Preparedness Manual helpfull. You can download it at:
For those of you who havent started already its time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, a extra couple changes of oil and filters for your car, tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.
For a somber, yet realistic look at what SHFT is like read some of Selco’s post:
If you like to read more about what SHTF in Bosnia was like take a look at this post on Bosnia War Survivor Selcos Blog at:
There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger. Underestimation can be fatal.
As the LDS say When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.
Depression my ass! I recently asked my 91 year-old mother-in-law, 91 and still going strong , God bless her. I said ‘’Momma, does any of this today look like a ‘’depression’’ to you?’’ “Nope’’, she said. “People today, kids especially sure have a lot more of things than I ever had’’. “Depression’’, pffft!
They could have had it all during the depression too, but back then you had to pay for everything and there wasn’t EBT cards, unemployment and so on, but sooner or later the bills will come due and there isn’t any money to pay them.
As a Depression child, I have those same habits. I will keep the smallest little items because I might find a use for them. I’m a whiz at fixing things with odds and ends that rest in a drawer somewhere. Never throw away anything that you might find a use for later. Grow your own food if possible. Be thrifty with $$$. I buy my clothes at Goodwill. They are perfectly good clothes, why pay more? Make bartering deals with friends and neighbors.
The advice about going where the work is explains why I’ve moved 38 times in my life. This last quarter of my life is the only time I’ve been “settled”.
My step-grandmother is one of those people who says that living through the Great Depression made her a Democrat for life. There isn’t one single policy issue that they have that she agrees with, but she will pull the lever for Democrats every single time.
Don't worry, we'll hit the bottom too, and it'll make the Great Depression look like child's play.
It’s not your grandmother’s depression that’s for sure. But take a look around next time your in a Wal-mart and ask yourself if there’s a hidden soup line via food stamps.
This certainly isn’t no regular recession either, and I’m afraid it might get worse.
BFLR........ Thanks !!
I doubt there are many depression babies on this site. I remember that many people rented out rooms or made apartments in their homes. We had to live within our means in those days. No credit cards, no charge accounts.
My brother and I went to eight different grade schools because our dad would develop a territory for a hotel and restaurant supply company. The company would then put two or three men on it, and we were off while dad developed yetanother territory!
Our mother stayed home with us, and we all survived very nicely compared to a lot of other people.
Crime was low, hobos ate sandwiches on our back porch steps, and Santa always found us every year. Actually, those were the good old days until the 60’s came around. That’s when everthing began to go down hill in America.
Income taxes went up so many mothers had to go to work. Schools substituted American History, penmanship and real math with social studies and sex education.
Journalism was still an honorable profession. Then the dress code went south, but most people still had good manners. Before we knew it the 21st century arrived.
My 20 year old just started moving out yesterday. I told him not to go but he wants his own place sigh.
I think he’ll be back before too long. But tired of the moving in / moving out .......3 times in two years he’s been back home for a few months.
I never lived through the depression and in fact I am a gen xer, but I grew up in a very large family. I rarely had new clothes and often had to room with two others. For me money meant having my own room and my own clothes.
My mom (93 and sharp as a tack) said it reminds her more of the roaring 20’s - BEFORE the SHTF.
“The only reason we’re not living through horrible “Depression” conditions this very day is simply because we have farther to fall than they did then.
Don’t worry, we’ll hit the bottom too, and it’ll make the Great Depression look like child’s play.”
Thank you for your post! I fear you are so right...
Blessings to you. It is not easy being a parent.
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