It seems this COVID-19 is going to be here for a while. Some places are opening up with no problem.

Others should have stayed closed. You just never know.

One of my granddaughters in Canada shared a post with me that had been put on Facebook by a gentleman who gave his permission tod share.

I am going to try to give you the gist of it, because it puts into perspective what is happening today with what has happened in the past:

For a short time right at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900. At the age of 14, you were witness to the beginning of the Great War, World War I, what some called “the war to end all wars”. How wrong they were!

On your 18th birthday, the war ends with 22 million people dead. Later the same year, the Spanish flu hits and takes out another 50 million in the two years it runs. You are now 20. Good life so far, right?

Guess what? At the age og 20, the Great Depression begins. The rate of unemployment hits 25%, one in every four people out of work! This goes on until you are 33.

The country almost collapses, along with the world economy. It was almost like dominoes falling. The best is yet to come.

Remember that “war to end all wars”? When you’re 39, a German corporal named Adolph Hitler once again brought the world to the brink of extinction, and he wasn’t alone. He had Japan and Italy with him.

When you are 41, the United States gets pulled into the war when Pearl Harbor is hit by the Japanese. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war; 6 million Jews are systematically exterminated.

Stalin also gets his licks in to the tune of about 12-14 million, and he wasn’t picky. Anybody that didn’t agree with his philosophy — zap.

When you are 52, the Korean “police action” begins and 5 million perish. At 64, Vietnam begins and goes on and on and — well, you get the idea. Four million people perish and there are still almost 60,000 MIA.

By the way, here is a little tidbit of info that isn’t usually heard in public conversation.

We have all heard about the Holocaust. (By the way, German schools are teaching it never happened, that it is Western propaganda.)

What we don’t hear so much about is those Vietnamese who were slaughtered after the United States withdrew. Every man who was a sergeant or higher who had served in the South Vietnamese forces — and his family — were killed.

There is not a complete native aboriginal mountain tribe. As many as could be located were killed because of the assistance they had given us.

All told, more than 5 million paid the ultimate price.

At 62, you’ve got the Cuban Missile Crisis. Life as we know it could have ended, but because of some pretty fair country-store leadership, that didn’t happen.

Finally, when you turn 75, the Vietnam War ends. Now, let’s think about it.

How did all the people born in 1900 survive all this? How did you?

A kid in 1985 didn’t think the old-fogey granddad or grandma knew anything about how hard school was. If they ever say something like that to you, tell ’em about the “school of hard knocks.”

Let’s try and keep things in perspective. Be smart, help each other out, go back to: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

In the history of this world, there has never been a storm that lasted more than 40 days and 40 nights. This, too, shall pass.

When you wake up, say “Good morning, God,” not “Good God, it’s morning!” Start on a positive note and you will find it does help your day go much smoother. God loves you and so do I. Think about it.

TONY VANDYKE lives at 103 Cactus Cove, Paris. His email address is

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