The other day as I was looking at this PHOTO – – – just started to remember an old story – – can not remember who told this story – – but it is important to always have a “FORK” in hand!
Only… if you are as old as ME… that’s me… Mary Ellen in the blue and white dress – – and with a “FORK” in hand.
In the 1930’s and 1940’s there were large families – – you know Mothers stayed at home and the men were at the work place or even in the care of good old “UNCLE SAM” – – men were called up for service – – since there was always something going on … and AMERICA sent her young men to settle the differences and at a high price to be paid.
More than half of today’s population does not know about the “Ration Books” that were issued to each member of a FAMILY – – and with out the sugar coupon – – you could not buy a bag of sugar. There were coupons for so many things – – that a family might need – – but – without that special coupon … we sure did get the message to learn to do without.
So… for the story – – as I remember – – This older lady was about ready to leave this world and she was giving instructions to her family… “what ever you do… be sure that this “FORK” that I have in my hand… is in my hand – – when you take me… to the FUNERAL Parlor – – and – – just before they start to lower my casket into the ground at the CEMETERY – – be sure this “FORK” is still in my hand.”
The “FAMILY” had no idea as to why they should honor this request – – so one person just blurted out – -“Why do you have to have a “FORK” in your hand when you die and are put into the grave?”‘
“You just do not know or do not remember – – but when our Church would have their weekly evening meal for all of us in the Church “HALL” where… they would serve all of us large families – – since so many of us did not get enough to eat – – we were told “Be sure to keep your “FORK” in your hand… otherwise you will not be able to eat – – as we do not have extra “FORKS” to hand out for everyone in your FAMILY!” “In fact they told us – – just keep your “FORK” with you at all times – – you never know where you will be … and if you have your “FORK” you can eat – – when ever something is offered to you!”
So… as the story goes – – this lady said that… she always had a “FORK” wrapped in a napkin – – and took it with her and in her purse – – and said , “I want to be ready to eat at all times – – where and when I go – Have my “FORK” in HAND!” And… just so fast… her arm went up into the air… singing out…”FORK IN HAND!”
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