My Grandmother shared stories of the Great Depression with me as I grew up. Others in my family have echoed very lean upbringings and their survival techniques from the time.
As an example, my Mother`s family is from the Eastern Shores of Cape Breton. As children they were teased for eating lobster in their school lunches. Lobster was for poor people – their families were fishermen who could not afford to buy their own food. The kids who ate imported SPAM (canned ham) were seen as having something of prestige and value because it had a monetary value. Perspective is everything. [Read more...]