Perhaps this will be the impetus that gets this country to be hands-on again.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently wrote, "We need to get back to making stuff, based on real engineering, not just financial engineering. We need to get back to a world where people are able to realize the American Dream - a house with a yard - because they have built something with their hands, not because they got a 'liar loan.' ... The American Dream is an aspiration, not an entitlement."
Many of those in our state still have a do-it-yourself mindset, which is going to again become an essential life skill. Our state is different from the rest of the country in a number of ways, and one of those ways is that we seem to be more practical and resourceful.
Change is coming. Instead of ducking under the covers and hoping it passes, we need to meet the challenge head-on. We need to make do with what we already have, finding ways to fix it up and make it better instead of casting it aside in favor of brand spanking new.
We need to remember that our children are watching to see how their parents react to tough times. Do we crumble under pressure and cry woe is me, or do we struggle and scramble and refuse to give up? Do those unaffected by the turmoil spend their time greedily guarding what they still have, or are they finding ways to help others who haven't been as fortunate?
We're at the very beginning of a time of adjustment, of being forced to shift and re-evaluate and change.
West Virginians are lucky. We're already pretty tough. That gives us a head start over the rest of the country.
Reach Karin Fuller at karinful...@cnpapers.com.