posted on Jul, 24 2010 @ 02:25 PM
I was having a conversation with my husband this morning about all of the things our grandparents and parents took for granted, yet did not pass on to
us (as a whole, not just he and I)!
Many of them grew up without electricity, automobiles and modern conveniences and were taught from birth up how to provide for themselves. With the
advent of modern society's conveniences they quickly and happily abandoned all they knew and embraced the modern era. We grew up learning what they
did teach and that was to rely on the systems of electricity, mass transit, personal vehicles, running water, indoor plumbing, precanned foods,
grocery stores, ie. other people for all of our needs. They did not teach us how to grow, grind and store wheat, how to bake bread in a cook stove,
how to make sourdough starter, how to garden and preserve without all of the modern tools of the trade, how to sew with an old fashioned needle and
thread, etc. The list goes on and on.
A lot of us here are learning that stuff now because we recognize the need for that forgotten knowledge and we are teaching our children to be self
sufficient as well.
I was lucky. When I was a child our considerably large family moved from the city to the country. Our house had no electricity in an era when everyone
did. We had no running water, indoor plumbing, none of the conveniences we had just left behind. We were taught how to survive and every hand was
necessary to that survival. Girls and boys both learned to do chores that are now considered gender associated. We thought it was great! We thought
we'd died and gone to heaven. No, it wasn't easy but it was a good kind of hard!
I am grateful to my parents for not failing to teach me primitive living skills and I pass those down to my children and my grandchildren.
I'm hoping that most of you do the same.