I think it is safe to say that most of those who read and comment here are not kids. I don't blog about fashion trends or make-up tips. I may have a tube of lipstick somewhere in my apartment, but it would take me some time to find it. Instead I write about the world around us, about my grands once in a while, but mostly about the importance of being prepared.
I read many blogs. I have the greatest admiration for those who homestead, raising their own food, preserving their own food, cooking from scratch and who are much more self sufficient than I will ever be.
There was a time when I did many of those same things. I was 30 or 40 years old and under the assumption as are many of that age, that I would likely live forever. I now know better.
If you are one of those 75 year olds who still run marathons or climb mountains, good for you. And I mean that sincerely.
If you are one of those who have become spoiled by the abundance of America and lazy by thinking nothing bad will ever happen and if it does, the government will rush in to take care of you, shame on you.
But if you are one of us who has found the need to slow down due to age or infirmity or both, this post is for you. We have spent our lives working hard, raising our families, paying our bills and expecting nothing to be just handed to us. We have done everything we know how to do to keep our families safe and secure and fed in troubled times.
And now we find ourselves unable to do many of the things we once did. I occasionally like to think I am still Wonder Woman who can do it all. The reality is that I am a 73 year old granny with health issues.
This reality has been brought home to me this week. I have always bought fruit by the crate to home can. I spent time checking all the grocery stores and markets in my area to see if they sold fruit by the crate. Apparently city folks don't home can any more, for I found none.
But what really surprised me was that I was relieved. Reality time.
I still can vegetables and meat. Those require not much effort on my part. But to can peaches, for instance, I need to stand at the stove and blanch the fruit to loosen the skins, then stand at the sink to peel the peaches and remove the pits, then stand at the stove again to cook the syrup used in canning them. That's way more standing than my body will allow.
I will be buying canned fruit for my food storage. I know the taste won't be as good as home canned and I realize there are issues with added preservatives and such in commercially canned fruit. But do I want my family to do without fruit just because I am unable to home can it now? No.
Sometimes we who have done for ourselves for a lifetime without asking for help, feel a twinge of guilt when we find we have limitations. I am here to tell you that it is OK to use and to stock up on products that are available to us now that can make life just a bit easier for us. The reality is that for me, when I am in one of my Wonder Woman modes and overdo my capabilities, I spend a day or two being completely useless in recovering. Sometimes the pain is worth it, but most times it is not.
It is OK to use a cake mix instead of baking a cake from scratch. It is OK to keep a stash of frozen meals for those days when we hobble instead of walk. It is OK to let the crockpot or microwave do the cooking now and then. And it is OK to open a can of peaches when we can no longer can them ourselves.
The thing is, I may not wake up tomorrow morning. Or I may follow in the footsteps of my Dad and live to age 93. Only God knows which it will be. But as long as I wake up here on earth each morning I will continue to do what I can and I will continue to encourage others to do what they can. If we are unable to do things the way we would like, then we have the imagination and ability to find other means to an end.
Never give up. Learn to adapt. We are all in this together.