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Wednesday's Child: 1939

Wednesday's Child: 1939

June 1939. "Son of day laborer living in Arkansas River bottom at Webbers Falls, Muskogee County, Oklahoma. The father is a former tenant farmer, now on WPA." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

 

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Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe

Wednesday children are associated with emotional empathy. They feel the weight of the world, with a caring and compassionate outlook, often to the point of sadness for others.

Grim and gloomy Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family Television Series optimizes a Wednesday’s child. Modern uses associate with the term with children in foster care and from broken homes.

Reported by famlii. As a foreigner, I did not know the meaning of the expression.

To quote Nero Wolfe

"To be broke is not a disgrace; it is only a catastrophe."

Hard Times

When you have to peel off the labels on oil cans to side your shack, you're not poor, you're broke. But the people in the Depression photos on Shorpy seem, if not happy, at least not despairing. And the Government actually did try to help them.

Good on these people for not giving up. I wonder how today's generation will deal with crushing adversity. And how tomorrow's government will help, if at all. Given the recent reaction to the hurricane in Puerto Rico, my hopes aren't high.

So you think you're poor

People back then had dignity, but "poor" is putting it mildly for those of us who may think we are poor or know someone we perceive to be poor.

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