They told her she was poor
As the story goes, an elderly woman lies alone in her nursing home bed; her children all grown and leading what many consider to be successful lives; however, unable to care for their aged mother. Her’s is a story similar to countless others. She was born in the 1920’s, an era defined by its self-sufficiency. She was raised on the family farm. The family had all that was needed and they were dependent on no one. One day, during the heart of the industrial revolution, “they” told her she was poor. Poor because she didn’t have the newest modern conveniences. Poor because she grew her own food and didn’t purchase from the grocery chain. Poor because she didn’t have electricity. So she left the farm and went to work, working in the factory downtown, earning a wage. Now, unable to produce the things she needed at home because she was too busy working. She finds herself spending her wages by consuming things that have somehow become necessities; things that “they” said were necessities. She worked for “them” until she could no longer. “They” said these would be the golden years. She gave “them” her all. And now…now she lies alone.
I’ve made tons of mistakes in my life. I’ve followed false dreams that have shaped false hopes. No longer! Freedom from dependence will be ours.
The spirit of the dream lives on, just now it looks different. Together with my family, we are retracing our steps; in essence, going backward so we may move forward.
Homeschooling, sustainable homemaking, food storage, frugal finds, healthy eating, gardening, hiking…all of these things are meaningless without the knowledge of why we are doing them.
We long to be a home recognized for the way we help others by the things we produce, not by the things we consume!