The 1930’s were dark and desperate times for both Canadians and Americans and entertainment helped both nations get through it.
With Canada Day (July 1st) and Independence Day (July 4th) being just around the corner, I found myself looking at Wind at my Back in a different light. Today we watch the struggles of the Bailey family during the Great Depression as a form of entertainment… a way of forgetting about our troubles by getting caught up in the drama of someone else’s. Ironically though, during the 1930’s, families would scrape together the few pennies they had so they could go to the local movie theater and do the exact same thing. Movies gave people an affordable way to forget their troubles… even if it was just for an hour or two. Perhaps things haven’t changed much over the years.
We may have more technology, modern conveniences and money than the people of the 1930’s but struggle is struggle, regardless of what year it is. Somehow watching others find a way to endure desperate times encourages us to do the same. As the saying goes, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” and seeing that depicted on screen can be truly inspirational. That is the magic of good entertainment; it gives us hope for better days ahead.
So as you celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day, remember that it is getting through the tough times that builds great character and great nations… and if you ever need some inspiration to get yourself through, just watch an episode of Wind at my Back.