Every fall when we go to the mountains I am reminded of how simple life used to be and how complex we have made things now. As we hiked the old wagon trails I can’t help but wonder how it must have felt to get up with the sun and work and hunt the land for provisions. And of course after a long hard day off to bed at dark.
No television, computers, cell phones, etc. for mindless distractions just family spending time working together, cooking together, and chilling around the fireplace in the evenings.
Sure the modern advances in medicine are a plus. It is heartbreaking to visit the old cemeteries and see rocks and pieces of slate with names of babies and young children carved in them that died of diseases we can heal so simply now.
The modern farming equipment is so very helpful too. And of course without technology I wouldn’t be writing this nor would you be reading it. Somewhere along the way though we lost sight of the fact that working is beneficial for our mind, bodies, and soul. And that families cant help but grow closer when they work together for their very survival.
How did we come to rely so heavily on something and someone to do everything for us? I can remember just a few years ago when I was a child (ok maybe more than a few) at my grandmothers picking peas and other vegetables and watching all the women canning and freezing them. It was just what they did.
I also remember a time when everyone seemed to stop all that because the grocery stores made it all so convenient. Convenience took the place of healthy, homemade, gathering in the gardens and in the kitchens. And right about this time more and more women went to work outside the home. There is not a lot of time for home and family and a full-time job. It became hard to make ends meet without a two income family.
Now we as a society have begun to realize that we are killing ourselves with our unhealthy habits. People are beginning to garden again even if it’s in pots on the porch. Young people are learning about home canning. Restaurants, even fast food chains, are beginning to offer healthier choices. It is all a step in the right direction. We as a country still have so far to go. I long for a day when more people can step out their doors and have all the food they need right there. And those who can’t grow their own will realize how important it is to buy fresh from those who do. In two years I will be able to retire from the worldly rat race. I hope I can bring back some more old ways into our lives.