I think of the Little Rascals every time I see this picture! I'm pretty sure their families didn't have much; I'm also fairly certain they weren't complaining about it. Can you imagine a bunch of kids barefoot in school these days? Likewise, imagine what these kids would think about what is happening in schools today! For one thing, if you told them that no one could carry a pocketknife or play with a toy gun, they would think we'd gone crazy! Maybe we have.
I have no photos of my mother before age 19 or 20. Early pics would have been in the 30s and 40s in southern Germany so of course also during WWII. She was raised working on a farm in southern Germany. They didn't own the land, but families from the village worked on the farm to get some of the food it produced. Plus my father was raised on a small farm in southern Ohio. Equals I'm pretty sure my love for the country is genetic.