I found this little gem on Ann Althouse's blog.
I come from a long line of people who endured tough times; my paternal grandmother was widowed young, with 7 kids to support. THAT was tough - today's single moms have a cakewalk, by comparison. That's true of many difficult situations, today. If you think you've got it tough, imagine living even 50 years ago in the same circumstances. Then get down on your knees, and thank God you're living in modern times.