To the editor:
Since many Americans are learning the art of survival in the pay-to-pay, day-to-day existence, we find that our experiences aren't so bad.
Now, during the time of resolutions to be made, we know they will be much easier to attain while in the survival mode.
After going on the new-and-improved recession diet a while back, I have lost 50 pounds, which is just about right for a 5-foot stature.
In these times, many people haven't been able to afford fuel oil. What did we do? We gathered firewood and stacked it in the basement by the old wood burner.
There is an upside to this. We work well together and can still keep up the pace of a 20-year-old while in our mid-60s.
There have been so many changes to get used to. We have smart boxes on our home, a change in airwaves and data from phones being stored. Our cable channels have been downsized, so we can't watch "Finding Bigfoot," Mountain Men" or wrestling.
That gives us more time to share the memories and what will be planned for each day.
So what is so difficult in living through hard times? I can't find a thing wrong with it.
We have learned to juggle the bills. Our biggest concerns are who will remove the snow from the driveway, who will carry the ashes out to the garden and who will cook up the beans and bologna - or should we have rice and hot dogs? It's a toss up.
Being "down home" country folks, we are living as our parents and grandparents did when they started their lives together. They were among the many who helped build this country with a strong foundation of faith and lived through juggling and struggling.
These times give relationships the test of endurance and love. They give us the reality of not having everything we want and, sometimes, working harder for what we need.
We also find a greater knowledge that when we pray, our prayers will be answered and what is given from the heart is the greatest reward.
We stand tall for what we believe in, even when our legs won't support us or our backs ache.
So what is there to complain about? Lessons learned are a powerful help in surviving and faith will prevail. We will rebuild, in a humble way, with the grace from God.
I have struggled through the loss of my parents, a loving husband, six beautiful adopted children and the removal of a cancerous lung. It is a survival of the worst that life can bring.
I struggled through it all and found out who my friends and family are. They are the best of the best and consist of my companion, Michael Dalzell, and the greatest brother anyone could ever be blessed with, Ed Bednar.
Life can be survived by knowing that all things are possible if we place our trust in the lord. God bless America.