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Sunday, February 20, 2005

"I don't see what the celebration is all about."

posted by Jazz at 2/20/2005 09:06:00 AM

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This is one of those things that gives you a little perspective. Today, Kathryn Snider turns 100 years old, and she's seen "hard times" that make most of our lives look like a walk in the park. She was raised during the depression, (don't call it the "great depression" please. She doesn't think there was anything "great" about it at all, apparently) and her family's day to day life was a struggle.
The Johnson City High School alumni served food and champagne at the party.

Kathryn Snyder can recall a time when she wouldn't have been able to serve such treats. During the Great Depression, she said, people had to buy food with what little money they had.

"My mother, I don't know where she got it from, but she always made sure we had basic food to eat," Mary Snyder recalled.

It also was difficult clothing the children, Kathryn Snyder said. They sometimes had to wear the same clothes day after day. "Well, you certainly had to watch your step, like washing their clothes overnight," she said.

This woman was born in 1905. Parts of the "wild west" were still truly wild then. Many of the fifty states weren't even recognized yet. Just to think of the things she's seen over the course of her life makes me think that we don't have nearly as much to complain about as we may think.