Loss of a Fortune

Published: 2021-06-29 06:36:42
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Proverbs 23:4-5 (New International Version)
4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
have the wisdom to show restraint.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

I've been fretting a lot lately about money. I guess I'm not alone. I think people who have something and lose it are at a distinct disadvantage over those who never did. I don't necessarily agree with the statement, it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Here's my story, and it's not fiction.
My grandfather was born around the turn of the century, the twentieth century that is. So as you can figure, he lived during the Great Depression, which I've just realized wasn't named that until after the fact. I wonder what they'll call what we're in now. But I digress.
Grandpa, who I never really knew that well, must have been completely money motivated. He would skip school to work, and my understanding is he was kicked out in eighth grade for truancy. He worked at the local steel foundry, Lebanon Steel Foundry, which was owned by some wealthy families here in Lebanon, the Quinns and the Worlows. I don't know much else about them. You can drive through Lebanon and still see some of their homes, wealth that no longer exists, though the wealthier members of our little area here no longer live in those parts of town.

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