With all the anxiety in the world over this Covid 19 situation, it made me pause to reflect on the things that went on when I was a child. There will always be trying times, it is our response to them that shows our character.
1. The Cuban Missile Crisis. I do remember being scared to death over this crisis. We lived in Georgia and if the missiles came from Cuba, they might hit us. I remember the public announcements on television informing us of what to do in case of an attack. Shelters were available but not out in the country in North Georgia. I can remember one afternoon when my parents and their best friends were discussing building a shelter but their conclusion was, " Would we really want to live if every one else was gone?" Again, no one seemed to worry about what all this talk was doing to children.
2.. Death of President Kennedy. As children we literally saw footage of Lee Harvey Oswald, shooting the president in the head. And it was replayed over and over. I often wonder if the newspeople at that time wondered how that would affect children? I do remember school was out and the only thing on our black and white television was coverage of the situation. I can't remember my parents saying much about it to us. They probably did but I do not remember.
3. Death of Martin Luther King Jr. Again we saw this right on Television. And we wondered who would be next. We did not have to wait long as Robert Kennedy was also assassinated. I was about 13 when this happened. In addition to all of this, the Viet Nam war was going on as well as coverage of the Manson Murders in Los Angeles.
4. The Gas Shortage. I was a teenage driver when the gas crisis hit and I remember putting three dollars worth of gas in to my parents car. Everyone was worried about what would happen if we had no gas. That meant no driving to jobs, no truckers to bring supplies etc.
As I thought about these things, I was encouraged that we made it through those things and we will make it through this time as well. My parents had a strong faith in God and they passed this on to me. I love the Bible Verse, What Time I am Afraid, I will Trust in Thee. Psalm 56:3 KJV It is a good one for right now!
And as for the people hoarding Toilet Paper. Oh my goodness....we did not even have an indoor bathroom until I was in first grade. My mother related that she did not even SEE any toilet paper until she went to school at age six. As a little girl we would visit my great grandparents, Mama and Papa Swanson on occasional Sunday afternoons. I loved to to to their house because they had indoor plumbing. I always made it a point to go to the potty at their house.:)
Marvin and I stopped by the nearby Publix to pick up a few more groceries for this week. There was NO self rising flour or plain flour. Now that is an emergency for me as I was planning on having my favorite comfort food, biscuits and gravy!! I do have some plain flour but I love White Lily Self Rising Flour for my biscuits. But as the song says, Country Folks Will Survive. I am a city girl now but I have those country roots.
We had a reminder that in the midst of this time, life goes on. People struggle and some lose dear ones. Some good friends of ours lost their 49 year old daughter unexpectedly yesterday. And they are faced with putting off a memorial service until people cane gather to mourn and remember sweet Pam. It puts a lot of things in perspective. Pam was a vibrant single mom to two boys who are attending school at Auburn. She lived locally and cared for the needs of her parents. We first met them when we attended church with us when we first moved to Huntsville. In fact she was our first babysitter for the children when we would go out occasionally. She will be missed. I appreciate prayers for the Campbell family.