July 24, 2007
Tifton --- Occasionally, we hear someone talk about the good old days, but were they all that good?
Why not ask someone who saw the introduction of many of our modern conveniences, to find out how it realty was to live almost a hundred years ago?
Not many people realize the walk down memory lane was often a walk down a dirt road. "It is fun, yes," says Ferol, as she walked down a dirt road to a house much like the one she grew up in as she remembered her past.
"I enjoy telling people what went on when I was a kid," says Ferol.
Not something she learned from books, but something she lived to tell about. For the past 31-years she's told people how she lived almost a hundred years ago, at the Georgia Agrirama, the state's agricultural museum.
"I love to teach history," says Ferol who, at 90-years young, prefers to show people instead of tell them.
"Every Saturday morning that was my job-sweeping the yard. I'd pray for rain, but God didn't answer my prayers. He thought it was good for me to sweep them yards," says Ferol.
A clean yard discouraged visits from snakes. "They think I'm telling a fib that we lived liked this," says Ferol.
No in-home bathroom, but an outhouse and no running water.
Everyone is Mrs. Cosper's family contributed to the household chores, but she decided to specialize, becoming outstanding in her field.
"I remember picking cotton. That was the hardest job we ever had to do," says Ferol, but the chore had a romantic advantage. "That's why my husband married me because I was a good cotton picker."
Plus, she became a good pea picker. Field work back then included picking vegetables in the garden.
But, working in the fields had a serious disadvantage. "See, I didn't learn how to cook," says Ferol. Something unheard of back then.
Would she want to re-live those old days? "I wouldn't want to go back and live like that. I love my microwave," says Ferol with a huge laugh.
She found one part of the good old days remains through time. "There's always good in everything. There is more good than bad in everything," says Ferol.
And, to Ferol Cosper, that attitude about life transcends time, much like she has and lived to tell about it like it really was.
Mrs. Cosper said the good old days had two advantages: virtually no violence and no drug abuse.