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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-27-09 12:34 PM
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41. oh goodness.....

This breaks my heart for several reasons, but when I got to the last line, that did it.

It reminds me of a conversation with my father, who passed two years ago, several years ago. He was talking about how the world has changed and how it's hard to rely on anything, or anyone. He grew up in a time when, if you were a good, loyal employee, you could count on staying with a company your entire adult life, if you so choose. The lay-offs of the 70's and 80's changed that, and changed people to the core. Rocked their world.

My dad was one of them.

So, in reflecting upon life and how, at his age (at the time, he was only in his late 50s, as he was 62 when he suddenly passed) he was still having to prove himself in the workforce, he said, "No one ever told us it would be so hard, that it would hurt so much."

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  -. . . and now we are the elders Tangerine LaBamba  Aug-26-09 07:27 PM   #0 
  - A thousand damns that fate bruises us so hard and for so long and  saltpoint   Aug-26-09 07:32 PM   #1 
  - Very happy to rec this.  Robb   Aug-26-09 07:33 PM   #2 
  - We're about the same age.  Suich   Aug-26-09 07:33 PM   #3 
  - Okay, now I have tears.  HeresyLives   Aug-26-09 07:34 PM   #4 
  - A very good post---Rec'd  panader0   Aug-26-09 07:38 PM   #5 
  - Thank you.  TokenQueer   Aug-26-09 07:39 PM   #6 
  - yes, the Kennedy Brothers were the impetus to much change in this country  Mari333   Aug-26-09 07:41 PM   #7 
  - Beautiful  Frosty1   Aug-26-09 07:41 PM   #8 
  - Super post  malaise   Aug-26-09 07:47 PM   #9 
  - Thank You for a beautiful post.  alittlelark   Aug-26-09 07:48 PM   #10 
  - Very nice. Thank you! nt  babylonsister   Aug-26-09 07:53 PM   #11 
  - Thanks for the vision of what it was like  FirstLight   Aug-26-09 07:58 PM   #12 
  - Call your Dad tomorrow,  Tangerine LaBamba   Aug-27-09 02:30 AM   #32 
  - Your words are an important message to young people who have grown up with  LuckyLib   Aug-27-09 12:21 PM   #39 
  - I know many of our generation  PatSeg   Aug-27-09 02:52 PM   #48 
  - Ah, that's the one I was waiting for. Thank you.  havocmom   Aug-26-09 08:13 PM   #13 
  - I got to give the thirtieth rec on this one  havocmom   Aug-26-09 08:16 PM   #14 
  - All the Kennedy brothers have been a big influence on younger people  Jennicut   Aug-26-09 08:17 PM   #15 
  - Thanks  Stinky The Clown   Aug-26-09 08:26 PM   #16 
  - Happy Birthday Tangerine....let's all hope we become wiser elders  MichiganVote   Aug-26-09 08:44 PM   #17 
  - Thank you for saying so eloquently what my heart has been whispering all day.  dixiegrrrrl   Aug-26-09 08:45 PM   #18 
  - Teddy's death is the symbolic end of an era that has deteriorated  lunatica   Aug-26-09 09:10 PM   #19 
  - I am so very touched by your personal,  Mira   Aug-26-09 09:38 PM   #20 
  - What an exquisitely written passage-  chill_wind   Aug-26-09 09:56 PM   #21 
  - I do so know how you feel, as I feel it too....  Lifelong Protester   Aug-26-09 10:04 PM   #22 
  - Great writing  lordsummerisle   Aug-26-09 10:40 PM   #23 
  - It sounds a lot more complicated  Tangerine LaBamba   Aug-27-09 02:25 AM   #31 
  - Thank you.  Lugnut   Aug-26-09 10:47 PM   #24 
  - November 22 was much hope, so much optimism!  Alameda   Aug-27-09 11:11 AM   #36 
     - I remember it well.  Lugnut   Aug-27-09 04:37 PM   #51 
  - K&R  Odin2005   Aug-26-09 10:49 PM   #25 
  - I'm having lunch with my mother tomorrow.  proteus_lives   Aug-26-09 11:15 PM   #26 
  - Start recording her memories.  Lars39   Aug-26-09 11:18 PM   #27 
  - Thank you  voc   Aug-26-09 11:22 PM   #28 
  - Beautiful,  Libertas1776   Aug-26-09 11:26 PM   #29 
  - I thought I was done crying, but...  jannyk   Aug-26-09 11:43 PM   #30 
  - Really lovely piece. And yeah, we never knew it would hurt so much.  calimary   Aug-27-09 02:50 AM   #33 
  - That was heartbreaking... and beautiful.  The Doctor.   Aug-27-09 07:48 AM   #34 
  - **Sniff**  Le Taz Hot   Aug-27-09 08:15 AM   #35 
  - The Irish know it hurts that much.  redqueen   Aug-27-09 11:20 AM   #37 
  - Thank you, TLaB.  Kajsa   Aug-27-09 12:17 PM   #38 
  - for some reason, the one that really hit me was John Lennon . . .  OneBlueSky   Aug-27-09 12:28 PM   #40 
  - oh goodness.....  OneGrassRoot   Aug-27-09 12:34 PM   #41 
  - you have captured  Bluerthanblue   Aug-27-09 12:58 PM   #42 
  - Lovely post.  road2000   Aug-27-09 01:19 PM   #43 
  - {{{{{{{{Tangerine LaBamba}}}}}}}}  GoddessOfGuinness   Aug-27-09 02:11 PM   #44 
  - You've captured it so well  PatSeg   Aug-27-09 02:22 PM   #45 
  - TlB: Thanks for this post - I heard about JFK one day in a  old mark   Aug-27-09 02:33 PM   #46 
  - Eloquent post as usual  tularetom   Aug-27-09 02:37 PM   #47 
  - Beautiful, beautiful. May we make them proud.  nolabear   Aug-27-09 02:57 PM   #49 
  - Beautiful post. nt  valerief   Aug-27-09 04:16 PM   #50 
  - A great post. Thank you.  Atticus   Aug-27-09 07:50 PM   #52 
  - We are the ones who hoped we did a good job  texastoast   Aug-27-09 07:50 PM   #53 

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