Chuck Norris

On Mother's Day weekend 2012, many of you probably watched my 91-year-old mom, Wilma Norris Knight, being interviewed by a friend of ours, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, on his Fox News Channel show, "Huckabee." WorldNetDaily also reported on her television special.

If you didn't catch it, you still can view the interview on my official website, at, the only place where you can order an autographed copy of my mother's autobiography, "Acts of Kindness: My Story," which makes a great Mother's Day gift, too.

I was rereading through her life story and gleaning the wisdom that was so prevalent in my upbringing in rural Wilson, Okla., particularly her advice about how her generation survived and thrived through the Great Depression, working together as a family in cotton fields.

Many people still are struggling in America's recession recovery, and there is no better time than between my mother's 92nd birthday (May 4) and Mother's Day (May 12) for me to share her wisdom with you as encouragement from someone who has been there. The following words are quoted directly from her book (pages 89-92):

"How we reawakened the American dream and spirit."

"In her inspiring book,The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes conveys some fascinating stories about what life was like during the Great Depression. In the very heart of that economic crisis was 'the forgotten man,' a term used for the millions of people who were unemployed.

"A popular Depression-era song expresses their pain and struggle:

"They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead.

"Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?

"Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.

"Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

"As the lyrics remind us, a loss of employment or downturn in one's economic status can change everything. And only those who have truly been there can understand that.

"We learned many valuable lessons during those years that served as a basis for the rest of my life. These lessons might also encourage people today suffering through their own economic and employment valleys. I would dare to say that if we lived more by these principles, we would experience far more personal and national recovery and rewards.

"Don't be surprised by hardship."

"I think it's fair to say that most people today expect life to be easy and sprinkled with a few difficult times. But back in the Great Depression era, we all learned in a big way that life is hard and sprinkled with some easier moments.

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is a columnist and impossible to kill.