Sunday, October 30, 2016

The story of my life

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and this post, The story of my life
The story of my life
Photo of the castle of Monteserico. History tells us that this is the castle of Monteserico where Aquilina Sancia lived around 1300 AD and from this castle she helped in founding the existing Genzano of town.

This is the same castle seen from far away in the country side, like our family farm. 

The story of my life
Dear readers, this is the continuation of our last post, a man life journey. So, now let me start telling you my life story. I was born in the late thirties that means that, I was born before World War 2, 1939- 1945, I was born in a rural town of southern Italy, as I have already mentioned at the beginning of this article, my family had a small farm and owned some farm land around the farm, but this farm land that we owned was not enough to earn a living, so we (my family) would also work the land of large land owners who would let us use their land for a price that had to be paid usually with an agreed amount of produce each year; to some of our readers this way of doing things in the past might seem strange, but, that was normal practice in those days.
Perhaps I need to write this observation here, to understand better the situation about us small farmers, without going in too many details about the past, one should think that in the past the entire countryside would usually belong to the landlord that the rulers of the day gave the right to run that part of the country, so even when I was young some of these ways of living existed. Since, the rich landowners had replaced the government landlord or master of that portion of the countryside, anyhow, they would let use their land for an agreed price, which usually was paid with produce from the land.
Anyhow, since we are talking about the old ways and how these things were done, and talking about the landlords or the masters of the castles that they used to run the countryside. I cannot help  saying that there in Genzano is this castle of Monteserico and I remember that from my family farm I could see this castle far away every day of my life, of course there is also a history about this Monteserico castle, I have written about that in this hub, The castle of, as this castle of Monteserico has plenty of history of its own, by let me go back to my life story.
Anyhow, in order to understand how things were done then in the farms, and here I am talking about before and also during World war 2, I need to tell you this; to earn a living in those days was very hard, it was much harder than today, not only for us farmers who were then thought to be in a better position of the rest of the town community, because we were producing something useful for the rest of the community especially in war time when food was hard to come by, we could always find something to eat from the fields, so the rest of the town were influenced by us farmers, so, if we were doing well the rest of the town would be doing well too, I believe that here I could add this observation to make you see what I mean; in the simple life of those times, the most important thing that people would aim for was to be able to eat wholesome and simple food every day, if you were able to do that then you were doing well, I hope I have made my point here, there were no luxurious food or things to be had, accept a few times each year, at Christmas and other important events.
Now I need to point out that there was no much money going around in those days and a lot of times we had to exchange produce or things to make ends meet. So, let me tell you a couple of examples how things were done in those days; for example if it happened that we needed a blacksmith to sharpen the tools during the year to work the fields, we would pay the blacksmith with an agreed amount of wheat, since wheat was our main crop and also most people needed wheat to make their own bread during the year; you see in those times, if you had wheat you could take it to the mill to make flour and then make your own bread; therefore by paying work done by wheat was convenient, as it was a two ways solution. It also was done like that because there was no much money around then; you see, even the barbers used to be paid in wheat or some other produce from the farmers. Of course there was some money to do other general smaller services or things, but all those services that would take a long time usually for years were done by these agreements of so much work in exchange of so much produce. Sometimes even small things could be bought by exchanging some produce with some other things.
I know dear readers that what I have said might seem ridiculous today, but this is how life was in those old days. So, I wonder how you the younger generation would feel to live in the old days that I have described above, and be a farmer’s youth working in the farm from a very tender age as I did. Here I would like to call on you my readers to compare what I have said above to today living and let me know if you feel like making a comment. I just wonder how you would feel like to be in a lonely place as I was, where there was not a single electronic device to play with or just listen to; I just wonder how you would feel like and what you would do, if you were in my place.
I am saying this because today when I look at the young people most of them walk about with a mobile talking to their friends, or listening to music, or doing whatever they can do with their mobile, the difference in life style is so great that it is hard to believe that so many electronic devises have come out in the last fifty years or so, and they have changed our life style and we are better off today; therefore, I have to ask myself, what the youths of today could have done in my place? But anyhow let us continue to tell you the story of my life.
Some personal writing concerns
Dear readers, while I am trying to write my life story, I have become concerned how to set it up properly, because I believe that I have missed to mention this small part of my life; as you might know most Italians are religious and most of them are Roman Catholic and so was also my family including myself, so I was born and baptized in a Roman Catholic Church just like everybody else in town of Genzano di Lucania, and this is how my life stared. I know that this is only the start of my life that I have told you in this post and I have a lot more to say, but unfortunately sometimes I am not allowed because of duplicate content when I write this articles in hub pages, just like what is following here under, that is why I am concerned.
At this point of time I have become concerned that I am not going to be able to write my life story the way that I would have liked to write it, so let me explain the reasons why and the way that I feel. Now, because this post is being partly taken from my articles that I have written in hub pages, I am also reporting here the problems that I had there. Anyhow, this hub is supposed to be mainly about my own life story, therefore, I would have liked to go back to talk about myself and my position in my family and those things that happen when one is born or just a toddler; but unfortunately, again some of my life stories have been already published in blogger, therefore I cannot repeat them here because it will become duplicate content. So I say this to you, if you would like to know what I am talking about, you may have to read some of my blogs or my websites these are the links,, and,,
Of course in this blogs there are many posts and pages, but what I am talking about here is the post called, my life struggles, which could be different from our next article, my life my struggles. You know I would like to tell you so many things and I will do that when I work out what I can publish here as I go on writing in Hub Pages. See you soon in my next post, my life my struggles.
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The story of my life

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