Of my generation. I'm in my late 40's and was raised by a WWII vet. I was taught many things such as hard work, pride in your work and do what it takes to get the job done. I see many in my generation that are not holding true to these values and don't get me started on folks that are younger. I personally know some very fine upstanding young folks including the ones on this forum so let me be clear when I say, I'm not talking about 100% of the people. Here's what got me to thinking about this.
My dad is 88. A couple of you have met him. Has a lot of trouble walking but is strong as an ox in the upper body. He can still lay me out if he wants to. The legs are hereditary and I'm afraid mine are starting to show signs as well. He still lives on his own. Has a chair lift to the upstairs (had it installed when mom was sick with cancer) but refuses to use it for fear he'll get lazy. Still gets down to his mailbox unless the snow is too deep. Takes his garbage can down tot he road (all with the aide of a scooter, but he does it). He even cuts his grass and takes care of the lawn. He will drive but only when absolutely necessary and only short distances in the day time. Hereditary eyes too. He's doing what needs to be done without bothering anyone unless the situation dictates it.
I had to go get a new pressure switch for my water today. On the way I drove past a house where there was a guy, I would say at or around dad's age, out shoveling snow from around his mailbox. This stuff isn't fresh guys. It's partially melted and refrozen so it's half ice. This old guy was chipping away at it and getting it out from around the mailbox. What's so special about that? Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, he was in a WHEELCHAIR! Not an electric one, a manual wheelchair.
I've know another guy all my life, same age as my dad. Grew up with him basically. He's not getting around as well as he used to but he NEVER stops. For the past year he was caring for his cancer stricken wife while restoring a Fergusen 30 tractor for a friend of his. She has since passed and he took the tractor to it's first show this past fall. It's beautiful. He has since started another one!
Folks, I don't know about you but that generation (the greatest generation) never ceases to humble me. We're losing these folks at an alarming rate everyday. The young don't sit and talk with these folks and learn from them. I try to every chance I get. I love this country but I am very ashamed of what we've done to it.
If you know somebody from the WWII era, take some time and talk with them. Hear their stories. Ask them what they did for fun when they were kids or what they think about things today. My dad actually worked on a threashing crew at one time. Most of all, let them know how much they are appreciated. They've held this country together the way I see it. Once they are gone, it will be like life without a net. I guess this just hits close to me because of dad and the environment in which I grew up.
Sorry for the extremely long rant but I think these folks deserve some respect and admiration while there are still some here to accept it.