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Bob Lind, Published April 14 2012

Lind: The drug problem of yesterday

Yes, there is legitimate reason to be concerned about the drug problem these days.

But that problem is nothing new. It was around years ago, too. Only in a different way.

Lucille Konen of Fargo sends in a clipping from an old Reminisce magazine. It’s a letter sent in by a woman who said she was asked why people of her age didn’t have a drug problem when they were growing up.

They did, the woman, said:

“I was drug to church Sunday mornings.

“I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.

“I was drug out to pull weeds in Mom’s garden and flowerbed and cockleburs out of Dad’s fields.

“I was drug to the home of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline or chop some firewood.

“Those drugs are still in my veins, and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say and think.

“If today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America might be a better place today.”

Lucille tells Neighbors she didn’t grow up on a farm, so she can’t identify with some of these things.

“I can relate to the Sunday church one, though” she writes. But she and her sisters didn’t have to be “drug” to church. “We couldn’t wait for Sunday to come so we could go to Sunday School at First Lutheran in Fargo.”

Glad you drug up these memories, Lucille.

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