Saturday in the Heartland

Hello, from the home office in Gretna, Nebraska. We are just getting started on today’s blog because we were doing some volunteer work for our local Veterans. The VFW Post 2503 is having a spaghetti feed on Veterans Day, and Veterans’ meals are free. It’s the least we can do. We are also having a coat drive for distribution to the homeless veterans in the area. We will purchase weatherproof boots, socks, sweatpants, hoodies, coats, etc. We want our guys to stay warm this winter, regardless of where they sleep. Help is available for them, and we hope more help is available soon, when COVID positive cases go down in numbers. We hate to see anyone out in the cold.

I distinctly remember, as a kid, we could not wear our winter coats until after November 1. It didn’t matter if it snowed, sleeted, or whatever, we couldn’t wear winter coats. Mom’s theory was we wouldn’t be used to the cold, and would be colder than if we’d waited to don the warmer coat. I do not understand if that’s correct or not. I just know it was our rule. I know we were freezing before we could wear the warmest coats we owned.

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Mom probably figured she would do what her mother did. All Mom’s know best, right? Not so sure. Old wives’ tales abound in every family history, and who knows what is the right thing to do for babies and children? It seems no one asks Grandma’s opinion anymore. Some young women behave as if in the world’s history, no one before themselves have had a child. Truthfully, it’s just a vibe I pick up.

And the “No sleeping on their tummies,” edict, oh my gosh, we had our children doing that – and no one woke up screaming. In fact, we were told if a baby laid on it’s back after feeding, vomiting could be fatal, because of aspiration. Not so much anymore. I am astounded. Suffocating easier on their tummies? I would say only if you had a pillow-soft mattress for them. They are strong enough to turn their heads. They develop a lot of upper body strength from turning their heads from side to side. When did they decide this wasn’t good for them?

Times change. I remember once my mother-in-law said not to hang wallpaper in the babies’ room, putting my arms up would cause the baby to strangle on the cord. I asked her, “Well, should I stop hanging clothes on the line, too? Haven’t women always done that? I think I’ll be fine.” She meant well.

And what will be the next trend? Not for me to guess. Young people just don’t discount Grandma’s offer of help or advice. It’s not all bunk. Sometimes you have to trust your gut, you’ve carried that baby in your body for nine months, who should know better than you? We have all survived our novice mothers. Thank God for that, and for the advice of a knowing Grandma or Great Grandma.

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What is on your plate for the rest of the weekend? We are just hanging out with our pups and talking. It was an early start this morning, and a very productive day. Tomorrow is a Post breakfast, so after we attend that, come home tomorrow in time to clean our windows, and mow the grass/leaves before it turns into winter again. Just in time is good. And pick another order from Walmart for groceries. Time to dig in again with Keto, we’ve had a hot dog on a bun today, and shared a bagel for breakfast, I need to mix up a breakfast casserole for next week, and make some keto bagels to get back on track.

Thank you for reading today, I appreciate it. Be Kind. Be Aware. Be Courteous. The Election is over. Mr. Biden is the winner. Congratulations to you and Ms. Harris. I pray for your success as the two most powerful people in the world. Cherish the trust we have placed in you. Take care of our great nation. Pray for guidance from above. Let our trust in your leadership be just. And please, make your decisions for the good of our great nation and good people. God Bless You Both, and God Bless America.

Long May She Wave!

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