Monday, December 14, 2015

Quaint Sayings of Uncle Jeff: On Happiness

photo © Mark Butkus 2014

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 happiness...


On Happiness

If God has made of work — a curse
What must his blessings be?

Where toil brings
peace, content and hope,
Health and prosperity


— 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 will visit Iva and Uncle Jeff from time to time and remember a simpler time.

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