Taking it back

October 29, 2008

I was thinking the other day about how we live versus the economy. No, this is not a political article, although I could very easily “go there”, I won’t bore you today…. I will save that for later :)

I was thinking about how laid back things are here at the fishbowl and yet, how freaked-out the economy is. Isn’t it a bit odd how some people are not that concerned and yet others are stressed over the dow industrial average on a daily basis? I personally, don’t stress much over it.

Sure, I think about things like… wonder if I can bring my garden indoors this winter? How much extra Rice should I stock up on, just in case?  Should I use part of my tax return to purchase more than one share at Easy Bean Farm this year and get some in the freezer? Think we can build a wind turbine as a winter project? Can we replicate the olive oil lamps I saw at Lehmans and if yes, how expensive would the oil be for evenings for a year?

Suddenly it hit me like a dumbfounded duh moment…. it is almost like the economy crash is forcing people to “take thier lives back”. I could be completely off the wall here, but this is what I was thinking. It seems that we, as a nation, have become so involved with consumerism, that we have even given up our lives for it.

Bear with me here… How many families work 2 jobs or more just to make ends meet? Think about this for a moment… what if, just what if, one person were to stay at home and tend the garden, make oil lamps, soap, candles and the like, just like our forefathers, but with modern convieniances of course? Would the family then need a second or third job? I am not saying we need to all become like the Amish, but they sure have a good head start on living within their means. Just think of all the “family time” they have as they learn, plant, plan and grow together. WOW.

As a homeschooling mom, I think about things like this and plan to teach my children to live a bit more frugally so that they may enjoy thier lives and the people who are important to them. It is amazing the things you learn about your child, spouse and yes, even yourself while planting a garden together. The best part is seeing the child’s face light up with each new discovery… like, “our compost turned into THIS dirt?!”

simply ….  priceless

I think Healthyfishies is going to start sharing these moments more. A lot of people seem scared and freaked-out, but there is hope, there is a future and a plan and it is good!

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Entry Filed under: Green Living, Helping Others, Homeschooling, NEWS, Penny Pinchers, fishies random thoughts. Tags: compost, economy, frugal, garden, self sufficient living, wind turbine.

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