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Date:12/29/2014 3:40:28 AM
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Listening to Your Elders, Part III
So I've presented for your consideration my Grandma Truckey as an example of the benefits of "Listening to Your Elders." That woman suffered through a poverty-stricken, abusive relationship with my alcoholic grandfather. Still, she clung to her faith. When the old boy finally died and Grandma had that tiny house to herself, every and anyone who needed a meal and a place to stay was welcome there. Emma Truckey had little enough for herself, but what she had she shared. She told me that at times her house was full and there were home-fashioned tents for the overflow relatives out in her yard.

You have to remember that during the Great Depression times were so hard that it drove men mad. A neighboring farmer, frantic that his wife was about to deliver yet another hungry child (and obviously oblivious to his own culpability in the matter) actually drove his wife out into a winter storm as she went into labor. The poor woman came to the one person she knew who had the knowledge and wisdom to help her. She waded over a mile through the snowstorm to Grandma Truckeys' home and gave birth. Grandma sent someone to the nearest home with a phone to call the doctor and Grandma held the baby's umbilicus in her fist until he arrived to tie it off. She told me that the doctor had said that if she hadn't have held it like she did, the child would've died.

So here's to listening to your elders. From my Grandma Emma I learned that regardless of my own personal situation, in order to be a true human being, a true Christian, I need to be attentive to the needs of those around me. As I've professed before as my own personal mantra: "You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness." --Gary
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