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I’ve blogged and ranted on such things before but I’m still and regularly amazed at the things in society we see as hobbiest stuff, or only for the real connoisseur. What am I talking about?
Basic stuff, like fixing your car. How many know the basics of oil and spark plug changes? How many actually check their tire pressure and ensure their fluids are topped up (without the prompting of the idiot lights on the dash)?
Or baking bread, it used to be something everyone did every day, that was how they got their bread. Or collecting eggs from their chickens. Even coffee roasting, the luxury with coffee isn’t in roasting it yourself, though it is a better tasting result, the luxury is in buying it already roasted in convenient ‘fresh seal’ bags.
There are so many every day things in life with which we’ve decided to give up freshness and health in order to be able to buy it instead from the grocery store.
Now, people say they don’t have time for the effort in making bread, keeping chickens and all that… ? whaa? So instead of making food yourself which is cheaper, healthier, tastier, you decide to go out to work. Back in the day, one would work outside the home, the other inside the home. I’m not saying women shouldn’t work but if working means you don’t have time to make healthy meals for your family, maybe we need to rethink something. Generally in this culture the man is the one that goes out and works. I believe as well that that is Gods initial design, the best plan for the family. The mother is able then to stay home with the kids as they are geared for as women and men are able to use their muscles and bring home the bacon.
For me, I think if we all made more of our food at home, healthier and such, grew our own vegetables, had a few chickens and such, then there would be far less need in the first place for both to be out working as you wouldn’t then need as much money for groceries all the time. Its a full circle sort of thing and we’ve somehow forgotten how to do a lot of the things that made the olden days the ‘good ole days’, not to mention the healthy strong old days – you know, where your grandparents were around until 80 or 90?
For me, I appreciate Lindseys willingness to make more of our own food, buy healthy, make better use of our apples and make apple sauce that Arden can eat through the year, make good healthy family meals. And she has more of the time because she isn’t working 9 to 5 every day, not outside the house anyways. Things are getting expensive so a bit of extra income is sometimes needed but if I were to consider an ideal, I think it would be to live on less, to make much of our own food, or buy it local at minimum and learn again some of these things that families used to do for centuries, keep bees for honey, grow their own potatoes, tap maple trees for their supply of maple syrup and so on.
I think the kids these days are really lacking in real practical knowledge and I hope for Arden that we can teach her some of the ‘old fashioned’ ways so that she doesn’t get stuck into thinking everything has to come out of a can from overseas.
End of Rant. I sound really old!
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