Same here. Grandparents on my Dad's side immigrated from Yugsolavia early 1900s and went directly to a small coal mining town in WA. Very poor. My Mom born in Germany durng WWI and those were tough times - no Marshall Plan for that one. And she lived in Germany through WW II Generally the poorest people in the US still have more than my grandparents and parents did in their early years. We have to stop sometimes and realize just how fortunate we are.
AnimaLOL congrats! On the bus Dasher, Prancer and all those other guys :) And thankmuch for your congrats. Oh yes, I love that very much. I can feel the excitement of the trip for people who relaly had not much time for adventerous frippery when life as so hard. And the need to hold on to that altered memory. You truly have a literary gift. I haven't been in the mood to "poetize" for quite awhile. But something will creep on little cat feet into my mind eventually.