Proverbs 27:1 says, "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." There is so much wisdom to this statement. Just one day more and we may be dead and gone. The decisions of a single moment can bring happiness or sorrow. Sometimes the decision for a few minutes can cost one for the rest of their life. So, it is wise to always make good decisions.
This thought caused me to write an old time reflection. We had a tradition when I was a young lad about saving for the time ahead. It was a tradition that most Saturdays my parents went to the town of Leachville to get some groceries. We never went hungry but we had to watch our spending.
Usually when we went to Leachville my parents would give me a quarter to spend. A quarter would buy four things. It would get you into the show to see a shootem-up-western movie. I think the ticket cost seven or eight cents. Popcorn was a nickel. There was a little cafe in Leachville that sold hamburgers for a nickel, and a soda pop, also for a nickel. Whoever thought it would cost you now $5 to get into a show? Who wold have thought it would cost $4 to get a hamburger today. Popcorn sometimes costs a dollar or more. Whoever thought we would all have a nice television and maybe more than one in the average home?
When I was 12 years old Mr. Jim Hughes had a little hamburger place in Leachville. There is still a small business in Leachville, a similar looking building, replaces the old hamburger joint. Mr. Hughes was the owner and only worker. He had a small refrigerator where he kept the small balls which he cooked on order. He had a little grill which he cooked them on. He had a small ice box to keep the sodas cool. He wold put one of the beef balls on the grill and smash them with his spatula. He would cut the bun with a big knife, smear a little mustard, put a slice of onion, and a couple of pickles. He would wrap it with a napkin and hand it to the customer. The seats were about six or seven in number. Customers came regularly to get hamburgers. At that time, the Cotton Belt Railroad had a water tank to refill the old train's boiler. They would stop there right behind the Hughes' cafe and get the nickle hamburgers while the boiler was being filled. Stopping a train to get hamburgers was very common. So you can see how far a quarter went in those days.
Who would have thought what a difference a few years could make in the town of Leachville?