Wednesday, June 25, 2014
FDR and LBJ
The last few days in rehab, I was able to get around on my walker and join the other oldsters on our beautiful patio. When I mentioned that we should all be grateful to FDR (social security) and LBJ (medicare) for our lovely surroundings, many of them muttered that their children wouldn't be so lucky and their grandchildren probably won't even remember these benefits.
"Well, they have to fight for them", I said. "None of this came easy." The worst thing people can do is think that things are in place to stay.
I thought of this again as I am watching the programs on "Freedom Summer" remembering the 50th anniversary of the bus riders and others who fought for civil rights. And now, to see the voting rights laws falling in those same southern states one by one.
I am feeling very grateful right now for my daughter and my friends who have stepped up to help me, keep me company, and let me know in so many ways that they care. And, I am grateful to FDR and LBJ and the more compassionate country they made possible. I would not be here at all without them.