posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 10:12 PM
My mother said something today that gave me pause. Just for a few seconds, but long enough for me to ponder the real meaning of what she said. Her
comment was quite simple, but its meaning ran deep. She said, “I guess the good Lord is keeping me around this long for a reason.” “I guess I
still have some work to do.” This simple statement sent my mental gears into warp speed.
The survival threads have a lot of good information, but most of it focuses on tools, gadgets, and techniques. I think mother wit and good old common
sense (misnomer, nothing common about it) are probably the most valuable resources you can have tucked away in your survival chest.
Many people will think in a SHTF scenario, the elderly are the most expendable. I think in today’s age, that they will probably be the most valuable
members of your community. Most of us old farts don’t require much sleep. We prefer napping during the day, making us good night watchers. We also
on average, eat much less then the youngsters. The many talents of the elderly should not go over looked. Age and experience has a lot to offer in
times of need. Having lived through a time when running water, homes with electricity and convenience stores were as far fetched, as Buster Crabbe and
the planet Mongo. The elderly are often very creative; from making a meal for two, stretch to feed 5 to morphing items that most youngsters would
throw out as trash.
I grew up during a time when the elderly were respected and revered. We loved sitting around the porch listening to our elders tell their life
stories. They made us laugh, cry and do our chores. At the end of the day we felt tired, loved, and a little smarter for all they had to offer. I
think when the SHTF there are pearls of wisdom that may make the difference between life and death.
The number one rule in my house growing up was:
1. You don’t air your dirty laundry. Same as: What happens in this house, stays in this house. (Vegas stole this one).
2. The children always eat first.
3. Children are seen, not heard.
Of course, not all of the wisdom shared was necessarily life saving, or even correct for that matter, but there was always a method related to their
madness. With privacy being a big issue today, teaching your children not share what goes on in your home, has become more important then ever. So
what pearls of wisdom did you receive that you think should be passed on?