Saturday, May 10, 2014

Modern Pioneer Living

I have been thinking a lot lately about how so many skills are being lost with the youngest generation.
So many people depend upon frozen pre-made dinners, or eat out all the time.  Many women have never even threaded a needle before.  After living in China, I see more and more how people in the U.S., because of prosperity, are losing touch with how to actually survive.  Here in China, they are only one generation away from a time when people dealt with starvation and hand to mouth living.  In America, because of our wealth, people don't have to harvest their own food, or kill animals to eat them.  So I decided to start a blog that teaches simple basic life skills.  The blog is called "Modern Pioneer Living".  

Some people might wonder why I chose this title.  I am a daughter of the Utah pioneers, and had grandparents who lived that kind of survival lifestyle.  But a song from our church hymnal for children:

To Be a Pioneer

  1. 1. You don't have to push a handcart,
    Leave your fam'ly dear,
    Or walk a thousand miles or more
    To be a pioneer!
  2. 2. You do need to have great courage,
    Faith to conquer fear,
    And work with might for a cause that's right
    To be a pioneer!
  3. We are marching, ever marching.
    We are marching, ever marching,
    Marching onward, ever onward.
    We are pioneers;
    we're marching.
  4. Words: Ruth Muir Gardner, 1927-1999. (c) 1980 IRI
  5. Just because we aren't living in the 1800's doesn't mean we aren't pioneers of some sort!

1 comment:

Rummuser said...

In India too we are rapidly losing touch with such skills. My son cannot even sew a button on!