Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Long Lives

The weekend flew by. We had Sunday dinner (noon meal to all of you) with hubby's brother, sister and their spouses. Lots of good conversation and laughs. His sister lives in Montana, so don't see them often. Later, to visit my 95 year old mother and father at their home, then to see a friend from West River who was here for her 93 year old mother's funeral. We had a discussion about the longevity of the people that live here in central South Dakota. Born in the early 1900's, they have seen a lot of life changes that we take for granted...running water in the house, w/indoor plumbing, electricity, transportation from horses to what it is today.
My Dad drove a school bus, which was a wagon with horses hitched to it. He worked for his room and board, did chores before dawn, and left to drive the bus to school, after he had the horses hitched up. At school, unhitch, go to school for the day, then do the same thing, hitch back up and deliver his charges home, take care of the horses. Then evening chores, which involved milking the cows again, plus any other farm chores in the 1920's. Teenagers today would stay out of trouble if they had this much to do every day.

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