They were seriously tough. A people seemingly forged from steel. We call them the greatest generation, those who lived through the Great Depression and World War II, and their experiences are still relevant today, especially for dads.
So what dad-essential qualities did this generation possess that allowed them endure and emerge victorious from the some of the biggest challenges ever faced by America? Let’s take a look.
Nothing was guaranteed during the Great Depression. Food, materials, money – all were stretched to their limits. A popular motto at the time encouraged people, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”
We’ve all heard stories of the grandfather who, to make ends meet, took any available work. Delivering milk, raising fences, manufacturing machinery. etc. Members of the greatest generation survived monumental hardship by doing what was necessary to keep their families afloat.
The greatest generation was called to serve their country – so they did. And during wartime, service means sacrifice. Much of the abundance and liberty we all enjoy today traces back to those who sacrificed material comfort (& much more) for the greater good of society.
Life today is complicated, but it was even more so for the greatest generation. Austerity was forced upon them. As a result, they learned to cherish their resources and be thankful for moments spent with loved ones. Because there’s always something to be grateful for when you have family and friends.