1. Grandma wanted to add that people without jobs during the Great Depression (like her dad) had a tough time receiving handouts. They felt that since they didn’t earn them through work, they didn’t deserve it.
She then explained it was recommended that she go on welfare when she was raising the kids alone, but she wanted to go back to work instead.
2. She wanted to stress how a strong work ethic is important for your well being, health, and self worth.
3. Try to be independent and not rely on others to do what you can do for yourself.
4. Most importantly she relied on her faith heavily to help her through good and bad times.
5. Someone asked how smoking had effected her health. She said that she smoked about a pack per week, because that’s all she could afford. What I didn’t know is that she quit because my dad asked her to stop when he was young. She said she would quit if he would never start. They both kept their promise.
As for long term effects, five years ago she was told she has the beginning stages of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), presumably from smoking. She didn’t mention if this has affected her quality of life.
Mike’s 87 year old grandma is on the show tonight to talk about life during and after the Great Depression. Topics include quality of life, frugal habits, and tips for longevity.
Be sure to tune in LIVE January 13th at 8:30PM EST.