International Woman's Day and advice for a former self

International Woman's Day and advice for a former self
Maxine Clayton
Maxine Clayton
Wanda Jordan
Wanda Jordan

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As women around the world celebrated International Women's Day, two Lubbock women were just learning about it through the YouTube global #DearMe initiative.

"I wouldn't say dear me," Wanda Jordan said, giggling. "I would say woe is me."

Both in their early 90's, Jordan and Maxine Clayton joined in the social media conversation from Cottage Village Senior Living Community, to share the wisdom they would pass along if they could write a letter to their teenage selves.

"Do the best you can with what you have," Jordan said, "and I still do that. And I'm okay."

Clayton knew exactly what her advice would be, as she held up her #DearMe sign.

"You can't look back and say what if," Clayton said. "You can say it, but you don't believe it. You just have to go on and know things happen for the best."

Jordan is 92 years ago, she was born to a large family in Oklahoma in 1922.

"I had six brothers and six sisters," she said. "Is that big enough?"

They all grew up on a farm during the Great Depression.

"It was hard," she said. "We didn't have electricity or anything, or running water or indoor plumbing. We all worked, the whole family worked.

While Jordan's upbringing is a lifestyle unheard of to her four children, this is not the case for her neighbor down the hallway.

Clayton also grew up on a farm in Texas, 93 years ago.

"Daddy was a school teacher and he got around $90 or $100 a month," Clayton said, "and we got to go one time to the grocery store a month."

When Clayton was 16, her mother died, so she had to raise her two younger brothers.

"We just knew we couldn't have things," she said, "because our parents didn't have the money.

However, Clayton still counted her blessings.

"I still to this day don't have what a lot of people have," she said, "but oh my goodness, I'm so thankful to have what I have."

Which is a familiar feeling for Wanda, as she read a line from a poem her late husband wrote decades ago:

"But of some things we always have plenty. Happiness, good cheer, love for God and each other, and the things we hold dear."

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