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Topic: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH (08/31/17)
- TITLE: A New Perspective
By Jay Dalton
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His mother made him drink the cow's milk. He loathed the scent of it--that same smell of the cow, and it was always warm. They couldn't afford an icebox. Mother had to make clabber because there was no way to keep the milk refrigerated. Clabber was milk with something sweet added to it like sugar, syrup or maybe honey. No matter what she did, it always tasted foul. Henry learned a life-long lesson at this tender age in life. You did your chores; you drank your milk; you did what you had to do whether you liked it or not. It was discipline.
They didn't have enough food at times. People said then what they say now. "If you live on a farm, you will never go hungry." Henry lived on a farm, and his family went hungry.
Critters made hay with the chickens and the eggs. They lost most of the coop that year. About then, cows died. Henry's Dad had to put some of them down and many more were sick. It was bad.
"Cows can't carry their weight," Dad said.
After that, things went from bad to worse. A lot of people had no work. The country was in a deep depression, many people were going hungry and some were desperate. Thieves broke in and cleaned out the smokehouse and the root cellar. Henry's Mother was furious because it was a lot of hard work, all gone. It was a couple of years worth of sweat, tears, and hard labor.
The family got down to nothing. "Can't eat the seed for next year's crop," Dad said. It broke his heart to go to relatives for a handout.
The family missed meals. The longest Henry could remember was three whole days. He didn't understand why there were no jobs or food. He knew it didn't do any good to hold a grudge about doing without. He thought about it and decided it was better to be grateful. It was another life lesson he learned--the importance of being thankful.
Henry grew into a young man and began to reminisce on those early years of his life. There was a turning point. It was when he turned twelve years of age. It was the year his father died. They didn't have the medicine then that they do today. Mother took his passing hard and about six months later she became ill and passed. Then all the family gathered at her graveside.
Henry became an orphan, the eldest of four. The siblings were divided among uncles and aunts. Henry went to live with his aunt. She was a kind woman. If not for her, he would have never finished school. He didn't understand the turn of events, but later he realized that that was the year that changed him most.
As he matured, he sensed the guiding hand of God. Often he was in the midst of anguish crying out "why?" Yet, Henry came to know that the pain in life, no matter how hard, often produced something good.
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