It is easy for the ‘English’, that is us who are not Amish, to say “I wish we could enjoy the simpler life, we are always in the ‘fast lane’.”
I think that goes along with my feelings in my past life when I would say ‘I wish I lived so far back in the mountains you would have to have sunshine pumped in.’
We do get so over whelmed by stress and family problems that we think the answer would be find a place to hide.
But I do remember the simpler life, mama boiling clothes in the black pot. Using a wringer machine with two tin tubs that had to be filled by hand. Then the solar dryer that I covered here before and, Oh yes, the ironing, including the starching. NOTHING WAS WASH AND WEAR.
We didn’t need much from the store because mama had canned the tomatoes, beans, greens, jelly etc. The key word here is ‘CANNED’. Most of you know we have a couple or three bloggers in the North woods, who still put up their meat and can the veggies.
Brothers and sisters, that is work and in my life I have canned only 4 quarts of beans, and they went BAD, because I did something wrong.
The simpler life included baths in the #2 tin tub once a week.
In the simpler life you were lucky if you had one car in a family.
It is fun to think back on some of that time, but I do remember hot nights when you were happy to have a fan to cool your body, as it dried the sweat.
I see the Amish way of life and I admire their standards, but in all honesty, that is not for me.
What do you remember about the simpler life?
Now I love this car, but if you have never driven a car from the 20 & 30’s you do not know how hard it is to steer. There was no Power steering. You might even have to push it to start it. That was the simpler life also.