Friday, August 14, 2015

We're Czechs

I just read We're Czechs by Robert Skrabanek. It is a well-written historical narrative based on his memories; not text-book situations, but real-life ways farm families dealt with sickness, food preservation, work, religion, community, education and life in the early 20th century. I thought of my parents when reading this book. Although we are not Czechs, their lives on the farm during the 1920's and 30's were very similar. It gives me a deeper understanding and appreciation of the generation that came before mine. It also reflects how much the South and West have changed with the invention of air conditioning. We are setting record-breaking temperatures here along the Texas coast. I grew-up without air conditioning, and know that is not something I would want to experience again :-)

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