Last weekend when I went home to visit my grandparents we ended up having a conversation about what life was like when they were younger.
I am extremely close with my grandparents and I love chatting with them because they are so wise and clever, but one thing that I somehow had never asked them was their childhood. This conversation that I had with them during those two days really opened my eyes and made me thankful to have what I have. Back when my grandparents were kids they lived in small farmhouses out in the middle of the south. Despite living in some of the most hot and humid climate in the country they had no air conditioning, no fans, nothing other than taking a dip in the pond. Their parents made a decent living back in those days, but in most cases fancy things such as air conditioning was reserved almost exclusively for the rich. In fact, air conditioning was so rare that neither of them experienced AC until they were teenagers. My grandpa told me so many stories about when he would work outside with his father from dawn until dusk with no air conditioning, no music, and no breaks. The next day they would wake up at the crack of dawn and do it all over again. I had recently been feeling extremely overwhelmed at college and feeling as if I had the weight of the world on my shoulders, but after talking to my grandparents I am starting to realize just how good I have it.