Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Quaint Sayings of Uncle Jeff: On Hope


Uncle Jeff ruminated on thoughts and themes from sorrow to happiness at the turn of the last century. His niece, Iva, noted nine such sayings. As a young woman of 26 in 1929, Iva was determined to collect and write down the quaint sayings of her Uncle Jeff for posterity's sake. She wrote down his homespun adages within the pages of her second-hand copy of Three Centuries of American Poetry and Prose.

Uncle Jeff had this to say about hope...


On Hope

Life is a puzzle we try to solve
With one thing understood.
We are often a choice of ills
Instead of a choice of good.


— Iva B. Core


A child of the heartland, Iva Beatrice Core (1903-1987) grew up and lived most of her life in Richland Center, Wisconsin. We visit Iva and Uncle Jeff on occasion and remember a simpler time.

To date, we have shared Uncle Jeff's ruminations on: sorrow; benevolence; regret and; friends.