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Kentucky Color: The Greatest Generation

By Billy Joe Fudge

Mom was born today, August 1st, 1931. She passed on April 25th. So thankful for her. She was definitely from the "Greatest Generation". Born into a subsistence farm family and growing up during the "Great Depression" and "World War II", she knew that poverty was only held at bay by hard work, but ultimately defeated by sharing with others.

Yes, I can still hear Mom and Dad during the quiet of night when they thought I was asleep, speaking softly to each other about how they were going to "keep the wolf from the door". Those conversations however, always ended with, "the Lord will make a way", which melted away every tinge of fear or apprehension I might have been feeling.

Like most every other child I am mostly a result of my upbringing and have a thousand stories to tell and here's one with a bit of advice from my Mom. I was 15 during the winter of '66/67. As a hard working, only child farm boy, I was about to go to work at my first public job at the Dairy Queen in February. Mom, I suppose, was sensing my apprehension and asked if I was nervous about going to work there. I answered "yes, to some degree."

I'll never forget her words of advice. "Billy Joe, you'll never have any problem at public work as long as you do your job and a little of someone else's." That advice has always served me well!

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