My parents lived through the Great Depression and had many stories to tell. In fact, there were times when I felt I had lived through it with them from their numerous tales.
According to my parents, most everyone was poor. Wearing flour sack dresses and shoes with cardboard in the bottoms to cover the holes was not the walk of shame it would be today because it was the usual attire of the other classmates.
Meat was not eaten often since it was expensive, if it was available at all. So people stretched the meat by combining it with cheaper foods like pasta, rice or potatoes. I remember growing up we had roast beef every Sunday by my dad's request. Since he was deprived of beef during the depression, he wanted it every Sunday after World II and my sister and I came along. I had no idea how grateful I should have been.
My maternal grandmother was a scented soap hoarder. She had a dresser drawer filled with her treasure trove of delicately scented soaps. She seldom used them because she was saving them for a special occasion. Instead, she used Sweetheart soap. Personally, I liked it's floral scent, but I don't think they make it any more. I'm not sure they make Camay, Life Buoy, or Cashmere Bouquet either.
She used lye soap to wash clothes and it really made her white sheets super clean ( a thing of pride for her when she hung them on the line), but it made her hands raw.
My mother made most of our clothes. She enjoyed sewing and aspired to be a designer. Unfortunately, when she was 14, she contracted rheumatic heart disease from untreated strep throat. They didn't have antibiotics the way they do now. People didn't go to the doctor unless they were dying. Patients stayed at home in the care of their families.
My novella, FLY AWAY HEART takes place in Wyoming during the Great Depression. Of course it involves bootleg liquor and a speak easy since Prohibition occurred during the depression. Bartering was part of every day life since there wasn't a lot of cash. My hero takes a broken down WOW plane as payment for a job. He has always dreamed of flying.
Lilith Wilding can't remember a time when she didn't love the English born Robin Pierpont. But she knows he loves another so she hides her feelings behind a hard veneer for self protection.
Robin Pierpont dreams of flying airplanes and winning the heart of the woman he loves. When he becomes involved in illegal rum running to help a friend, those dreams may be lost. When he is called upon to face his greatest fear to save Lilith' s life, his fate may be sealed in death.
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I apologize for the lack of picture, but I wrote this from my Kindle.