What Did We Do Before…

by Josée

Many of us live in a culture of convenience. We go to supermarkets for food and malls for clothing. We use machines to clean, cook, communicate and entertain. Many of the things we have today are blessings to be sure, but what did we do before all these modern conveniences?

Little House on the PrairieI tend to romanticize the past. I think L. M. Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Waltons have had something to do with it. Living without modern conveniences meant work… a lot more work. Living kept people busy. For many, boredom was a luxury and Sunday’s rests were absolutely necessary.

Something has to be said about putting aside modern conveniences and doing things the good old fashioned way. A homemade loaf of bread or a hand sewn toy brings about such simple unadulterated pleasure. Even if the bread ends up rock solid or the toy looks like something out of a horror film. The process can be just as therapeutic as the outcome.

I enjoy trying things the good old fashioned way. So I thought I’d start a themed Wednesday post “What Did We Do Before…”. Let me know what you think and feel free to join the fun.


cindyswobblog June 24, 2010 - 12:03 am

Oh fun! I loved the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and used to imagine myself living like them all the time. I'm looking forward to these posts!

Abby June 24, 2010 - 2:14 am

What a great idea! I look forward to your posts and will probably jump on your bandwagon as well at some point 🙂 I, too, totally romanticize the "days of yore". I'd love to be able to live on Walton mountain, or even in the Shire… instead I always have to remind myself that God put each one of us in the particular time and place that He did for a reason. But that doesn't mean that I don't really enjoy doing things the old fashioned way!

Anyway kudos on a great idea 🙂

FrancesEden June 26, 2010 - 10:13 pm

Good call Josee. Except I just watched an freaky episode of "wife swap" (we don't own a TV, but I happened to get a show in somewhere) and the one wife was kinda nutzo in that for 3/7 days of the week they actually lived in a little tent village with everything circa 1840. Like, everything, even clothes, shoes, meals, tasks. It was strange. Too strange.
There has go to be some balance between "living" in the past and embracing this future that we are inevitably stuck in, but with grace and appreciation for how others did it before.
I know you are not that extreme 🙂 But a word of caution, I guess. Oh, and that show was the biggest waste of time. Ever. Ugh.


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