How Going to Grandma’s House Helped Me to be a Better Prepper
I used to love spending time with my grandparents. Their home always felt like a warm, inviting and safe place to stay. They always had everything they needed, and while their lives seemed simpler, they also seemed happier. What also amazed me was how handy and practical they were when it came to living everyday life. My grandpa would often be tinkering in the workshop or making repairs while grandma would be spending a lot of time in the kitchen or taking care of the house.
Glimpse into a Different Time
The way they lived took me back to a different time, when people were naturally more self-sufficient. There wasn’t a lot of pre-packaged foods in the kitchen. There weren’t a lot of frozen meals in the freezer. They had a well-stocked pantry. They had analog radios along with a landline phone. Grandma knew how to bake bread and grandpa knew how to make repairs around the house.
While this would drive many kids nuts these days, they also didn’t have a gaming system or satellite television. They had a swing on their tree, a trampoline, and lots of games, cards and toys. When we would visit, we would have to make our own fun by getting creative or getting outside. It’s amazing how much fun it was to play with the dog or run around the yard once I was pulled away from the television or whatever portable game I was into at the time.
Off-The-Grid and Loving It
It’s hard to imagine that this was normal just a generation or two ago. I’m not one to lament the rapid onset of our modern way of life, because personally, I love all of the creature comforts associated with being on the grid. However, I’m also keenly-aware that we’ve lost something very important along the way: Our ability to be self-sufficient. Grandma and grandpa showed me how being more self-reliant doesn’t have to be a struggle, and that being prepared doesn’t need to be an extreme activity.
They were used to power outages. They knew how to stock up on items when they were cheap and abundant. The knew how to fend for themselves.
It’s really easy to get a bug out bag or survival kit, toss it in a corner and forget it exists. However, preparedness involves much more than having some basic supplies. It involves developing skills and putting them to use on a regular basis now, in the course of our normal lives. Doing so can improve the quality of our lives now as well as help to make the transition to survival living less-traumatic and easier to manage.
When’s the last time you repaired a lawnmower or fixed a broken pane of glass? When’s the last time you baked a loaf of bread or milled wheat? Do you make it a habit to prepare meals from scratch instead of heating up that frozen dinner? When’s the last time you played board games as a family, read books or told stories?
There’s a lot that we can learn from how our grandparents lived, and incorporating aspects of that lifestyle into our own isn’t all that difficult. The more we can do now can help us to build a more-secure future, no matter what comes our way.