Reinhardt Family History

Memories of Eggs and Chickens

Stories from Neil Reinhardt

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My Strength

As I sit here and try to think of my greatest strengths, I have to think back to when I was growing up. From Mom and Dad came the model to live by. The teachers in the one room rural school got me off on the right foot, by teaching me to do my best.

When I was in my twentys and things weren't going the way I would have liked them to go, I became ill. I went to the doctor for various tests and poking around. He said 'Neil, you have an ulcer, and the only way you are going to get better is not to worry or get upset.' This was a turning point in my life. One must trust in the Good Lord and not worry about things that cannot be changed. There are two sides to every controversy.

In the great depression of the thirtys we learned to appreciate what little we had. One of the hardest things was to learn to cope and keep my cool as our girls went through their teens. Keeping harmony among five girls in the house with only one bathroom called for a lot of strength. I'm sure I had a lot of help from my wife.

The big test of strength came when our son, a healthy ten year old, became ill and was in a coma for over a month. Another time was entering the barn in the morning and finding one of the best cows in the herd dead. But if I didn't have them, I couldn't lose them. And so I learned to live one day at a time. I think my greatest strength is overcoming worry about things I can do nothing about.