One thing incredible that the Grapes Of Wrath show is how to give love freely and in different forms. And that none of what I am about to talk about has to only take place on Valentine’s Day.
The Oakies, in the book, never hesitate to give to the next stranger even if they have nothing to give. They understand that they way to survive is a team effort and to keep everyone afloat. You not only give to someone else but you must do it with your whole heart. The people and the Joads don’t give grudgingly or half-heartedly but they would never think to keep from others what they can keep for themselves. One really good example is when Ma has made breakfast for the family and she has cleaned everything and put it away and when someone comes walking down and stops to say ‘Good Morning’, she offers coffee and breakfast, both of which have been put away, dishes clean, and are in very short supply. It’s even more awesome that these people were brought up that way and they are teaching their children the same things.
Although the Oakies tried to give freely and by doing this giving love and generosity, the people already living in California were hard-pressed and was trying to take everything from the Oakies because they wanted the Oakies to leave. The funny thing about this is that if they hasd just treated them fairly and like descent human beings then the Oakies would probably have been able to support they family and make money quickly and move back home or to another state to start life over. Instead, the Oakies were forced to not only stay in California but roam the land as well while they would get enough to only continue to move from place to place on an never ending cycle.
You see, one group of people have everything but are unhappy and angry while the other has nothing and lives to give more and more and are happy to have their family beside them and strangers, who quickly become friends, all around them. I feel like more and more people these days are starting to view the world as a every-man-for-himself when that is exactly why we get problems like the Love Canal, Pollution, Bankruptcy, Crimes, and so many more. It’s kind of funny actually because Capitalism is based on the ability to improve one’s situation and better oneself but we tend to loose sight of other people and focus only on ourselves and then blame the system.
Don’t forget about those around you. Don’t be self-centered and hang your head in the corner while you pity yourself while someone needs you help and can’t do it on their own even if it is just to make them smile or take them out and get their kids off of it for a little while.
Let them know that you won’t leave them and you will help them get through it. Extend yourself for others and you’ll be amazed at how far they’ll go for you in return. Ma did this for the family that they found along the road and never wanted to stop helping them.
Be good humans.
– Gold Glitter Pumps