The Way It Used To Be
I suppose you can tell without being told
High education for me did not unfold
Raised in the mountains with simple folk
Our existence by God we did invoke.
Winter we walked to school in piles of snow
Greeted friends and people we didn't know
Never was spoiled by ways of higher class
Was not allowed our elders to sass.
Ate the food mother cooked and blessed
No need to complain how we were dressed
Did the best with what we had each day
Thankful for blessings coming our way.
No modern conveniences did we ever own
Wouldn't dare let them hear us groan
Dependence upon God for many things
Not allowed to cling to mom's apron strings.
Had to work and carry our part of the load
If we were to have their house as our abode
Made our toys and looked at Sears catalog
Went to the outhouse and raised a hog.
Chickens provided eggs and Sunday meat to eat
Cows to milk, sold things to get shoes for our feet
Doctors came to the house if someone was sick
So you can call me an old country hick.
Norma Duncan aka Mistymaiden
July 28, 2011
Note from author:
A lot of this pertained
to me and my way of life, but most all of
it was in my mother's day.
She had an elementary education,
made all her clothes on a pedal singer sewing
machine. (I still have it) They raised most all their
food, and killed chickens to eat.
They ate wild food if they could get it, by setting
traps,or shooting them. Was hard to get privacy
for a Saturday night bath. Most people had large
families and everyone had to help any way they could.
There was no time to spoil the children, just getting
bare necessities for them was a full time job.
When we think we have it hard now with all the
TV's, PC's, phones, all the modern conveniences,
good food, good clothes, good medical care, good
education, etc. etc. be sure to give thanks.
© 2011 Mistymaiden
(All rights reserved)