It’s nice to share

Published 4:54 am Friday, December 8, 2017

I remember read reading, a long time ago, about a tribe that shared everything naturally, like it was no big deal. I don’t remember where they were, but I do remember my delight in finding out about them. I don’t remember even what continent they were on, but I hope they still exist. And I hope they’re still pure and untainted by the rest of us.

It must have happened through both nature and nurture, and I think that is the true character of a human being. Don’t you really like to share things? I’m a twin and I have a special relationship with my sister. We shared everything because we were expected to. But isn’t sharing common? Is it natural to you? Does sharing make you feel good?

That includes sharing your feelings, and actually saying “I love you” to everyone you love. That can get a little awkward in this man-made society that might not allow a married person to say they love someone of the same gender as their spouse, or the same gender as themselves.

But I say share everything, your thoughts, your dinner, even your prized chenille jacket that you wore in the 70s that said so much about that era, and which brings you happily back to the time of love-ins, brotherhood and sisterhood. (I never got that jacket back, but I am over it.)

Maybe we should especially share our prized possessions, like the covered-with-patches jeans I had that people use to give me fabric to include in the mix. I lost them somewhere along the way.

I seem to be in a nostalgic mood. I was fortunate to grow into my own while the Beatles sang “All You Need Is Love,” and society was in step with that sentiment. Did you grow into your own then, too? If not, what was your era? Does it bring you comfort to remember the time when you were young and vital?

The young people of today will look back and remember this time. And we, their elders, must let them delight in it. We must let them live it in their own way. We have to let them enjoy this time as their own creation. We have to let them take ownership.

What did your generation’s spirit create? Was it for survival? I hope you didn’t have to do that. Or was it for evolution? If so, you are fortunate. Now let’s all get to that work.

Marcelle Hanemann is a news reporter for The Daily News. You can email her at or call her at 985-732-2565, ext. 301.