You often hear complaints about the demise of morality … in the world, in Wash DC, around here. Young people today are no darn good. Whine, whine, whine.
We would be the last to argue that all is well in this Best of All Possible Worlds, as the cynically-depressed Voltaire and Lenny Bernstein would have it, but still…
Cheer up. Listen to this story.
Not far from us is a family of four who live in a small, much-repaired, simple house on a few acres. There’s a horse barn, where the two family horses spend time when they aren’t in the little arena they exercise in and roll over in the dirt.
Nearby, a big, rusting metal barn that auto mechanic Dad, let’s call him Otto, uses to store equipment and tools also houses their vicious-sounding, lonely dog. Behind the barn is a decrepit 24-foot trailer a friend is using until he gets a [better] job.
Mom works, too, but she has dreams that go beyond her office. A year or so ago, she confided that she wants to write a book. She has the whole plot worked out in her mind, but she hasn’t started to put it on paper yet.
Not long ago, IFO stopped by to chat and, frankly, satisfy our curiosity about all the noise and laughing coming out of the add-on shed next to the house. “You guys are having entirely too much fun,” we joked, to open the conversation.
Otto said that as soon as he learned his wife was going to have to be out of town for a few days to take care of a relative, he got on the phone to invite his pals to come over.
“We’re taking out three walls to open up this area so we can use it for sitting outside in the summer,” Otto said, explaining the noise and the presence of three friends armed with hammers working with him.
That’s what a bunch of rural guys with some free time do for entertainment out in the country. We’re not saying all rural folks are angels, but we have seen more family-oriented hard work, viewed as having a good time, than decadence and immorality, etc.
We’ve also noticed that no one passes up a chance to party: birthday, anniversary, national holiday, local festival, church outing. Cynicism just has no place here at all.
Investment lesson: you don’t need a lot of money to have a good time with friends and get something accomplished.