Is it so taboo to want to live the simple life?
In this time period, where just about everyone is “plugged-in” to something electronic or a social media site, it seems like we are evolving at such a rapid pace and no one wants to slow down.
To each generation, the term ‘good ol’ days’ has a different meaning. As a baby born in the 1970’s, I think often of the 1980’s, of my childhood and what I deem to be my ‘good ol’ days.’ I miss the people most, who are no longer a part of my life now. And, as strange as it may seem to some, I also miss the life I was living. It certainly wasn’t easy and there are some bad memories mixed in there, but as a child I didn’t have all the worries and responsibilities as I do now. And, I had lots more fun!!
For a very long time, I’ve always felt I have an ‘old soul.’ I haven’t had memories, dreams, flashbacks or recollections of a former life, but I just feel older in my soul, than my actual years and get deja’ vu quite often.
My grandparents’ generation lived through the Great Depression and endured and fought World War II. My maternal grandmother was in Europe at that time and probably had the harshest life imaginable during all of the fighting. I’m so drawn to that time period and I seek to learn all I can of the 1920’s through the 1940’s; especially the War itself. I imagine what life would’ve been like on the home front (USA) or abroad in Europe during all of that time. I wish I could ask my Grandparents. As a child I didn’t have interest in “the War”, but I do now. If I could go back in time to live through a time period, I would choose the early 1930’s and live forward. Would I join the War effort as a Nurse in the WAC or choose to keep the home fires burning here for a man? I don’t know. But it is a part of history which I feel so much more at ease with. I enjoy vintage items and recipes which kept company during all of that. I’ve been canning food for many years and have been expanding my repertoire in the last few. I will keep my Victory Garden going the best way that I can (with lots of help from my hubby!).
As I get older, I keep wanting to reach back to a much simpler life and time. I feel technology is exploding at a very rapid pace and I just feel so lost in all of it. I don’t use social media mega giant Facebook and don’t feel the need or desire to. And to be extremely honest with you, the Internet is growing too rapidly that I often sit in front of the computer and feel overwhelmed by it all. I enjoy the “task” of writing a good old-fashioned letter and putting a stamp on it and mailing it (stickers on the envelope are fun to add too!). At least I feel that I’m doing my part to help the United States Postal Service stay open-lol!! I think that old fashioned writing of letters is a lost art and quickly becoming forgotten. And, I saw too much fraud when I was a bank employee so I still enjoy writing out a check and paying my bills by mail!
I love the process of making and creating by hand versus buying something which was mass produced or made by someone else. Knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking are things which I enjoy immensely. I recently purchased a vintage cook book through Amazon titled ‘Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book’, copywrite 1950. I bought a used one because I wanted an original from the time period with character. And I got it!! (I read some posts from others who purchased a new reprint of the book and recipes are missing)!
I love making the old family recipes which I have and cooking from vintage cook books. It certainly transports me back to a better place and time. I decided to make the recipe for White Bread (yeast) from this cook book and I used the yeast which I have which is Rapid Rise. Using that replaces the first rise in a bread recipe and shortens the time to get it ready for the 30-minute baking. I used that yeast because it is what I have in my fridge and I’m all about using up what I got (see previous post). It turned out to be the BEST loaf of white yeast bread which I’ve ever made and it was PERFECT! Instead of using milk, as I’ve done in the past with previous recipes, I used water. It was a tasty bread loaf; better then the ones you buy at the local bakery. Many bakeries and family-owned restaurants tend to use their cherished old family recipes and those foods are the BEST! I keep looking at all the new recipe books from my library and the same recipes just keep revolving around with a few differences (just compare several books of the same type of cuisine and you’ll see each author’s ‘spin’ on classic recipes). I think the older recipes are best. They keep things simple and use items which are stocked year-round in my home but the taste is fantastic. When the Greatest Generation was growing up and living life in their early years, the best thing they enjoyed was putting a great meal on the table for their families and friends and everyone who visited was considered family. They didn’t go out to eat at restaurants or order take-away food to eat at home. Why would they? Their recipes are the best ever!
There’s no way known, yet, to turn back time and most people wouldn’t want that anyway. But, I can still daydream of a life that is simpler and of what I lived as a child. I grew up, and still live, in the country. My family was farming crops and animals with big gardens. My mother and paternal grandmother canned lots of food each summer to help us endure those harsh winters which we once had and my family hunted to put meat in the freezer as well. I had a good childhood in many ways; but, at the time, I didn’t think it was. I do now. I was fortunate compared to many others. I’d get on my bicycle and ride to town (up a very steep hill) and visit with my best friend. We’d spend the day together and sometimes ride all over town, or to the local library where her mother worked. I’d return before dark and no one worried (too much!). No cell phones, computers or electronic toys. We’d go outside and play all day and it truly was fun! We’d write snail-mail letters to each other and call and talk on the rotary wall phone for hours (with no call waiting). Boy! I sure miss all of that! I certainly would embrace the simple life; however, others around me wouldn’t. They are evolving, along with the rest of the world, using all electronics and social media, which has gripped the world quickly.
I think that as humans age and look to their final years on Earth, they become more nostalgic and wish for their youth. It appears to just be a part of the cycle of life.
And, as a final thought, I will say that I really love Miranda Lambert’s song ‘Automatic.’ Here’s a link to the video on YouTube. Listen closely to the lyrics; I think you’ll feel what I feel. Let me know….