I don’t know about you, but increasingly I am finding that my thoughts are leading me into more of a survival mode. Ever since the stock market plunged this past September, I have become obsessed with the possibility of another Great Depression. I’ve been collecting Depression era recipes, you know, the kind that don’t involve a box of mac and cheese and some frozen chicken nuggets; the kind using ingredients straight from the garden. And I’ve been researching how they used to cook, clean, and maintain their households without the convenience of electricity, only fire for heat. More and more I’ve been studying self-sufficient living, and I’ve even begun collecting things that I would need if, hopefully if, the worst is yet to come. My mind is consumed with the question, How would I feed and provide for my family if another Depression were to arise?
How bad is it going to get, and how quickly? These questions plague me. If only I knew. Then I would know how drastically I need to be preparing, and how soon I need to be ready. Don’t get me wrong. I am not feeling panicked; only vigilant. I am wondering if the Lord has laid this on my heart so that I do prepare. I don’t want to overreact, yet I don’t want to be idle or naive, full of the idea that our nation is too great to let something so devastating happen again. That would only be foolish.
So, I wonder: What if my husband loses his job? The company he works for is already laying off at the other branches, and they have cut back all working hours to 32/wk trying to avoid further lay-off’s. How much longer can they afford to keep him on?
If he lost his job, how would we manage the bills? What if it gets so bad that we can’t afford power to our house any more? Could we survive? How? What do I need to have to be prepared?
What if we cannot afford to go to the grocery store anymore? How will I feed my kids?
These are not questions that we should be ignoring, or playing down right now. I am not trying to be an alarmist, a “Chicken Little” if you like, but I am raising questions that I think it would be wise to be asking ourselves in a calm and rational manner. What if? How would we manage things?
Do what you want, but I’m asking, and I’m preparing! Here are some things that I am in the process of doing to better prepare for worst case scenario:
- Starting a garden (My first ever; I’ll let ya know how it goes!)
- Learning to preserve my produce; canning, drying, freezing…
- Looking to buy a wood stove to heat my house; one that I could cook on if I needed to.
- Gathering things I would need to survive w/out power; cast iron cookware, non-electric gadgets, etc.
- Collecting books with lots of self-sufficient living, how-to advice.
- Learning to make my own things; clothes, toiletries, materials.
- Storing 6 months-1 year’s worth of flour, sugar and canned goods.
- Saving money! We are stashing what we can, just in case! (Always a good practice anyway)
There are still lots of things on my To-Do list; I’ve only just begun. Gathering these things is expensive, so I’m searching the Classifieds every day trying to acquire all that I seek in a frugal way.
I just need to get to a place where I feel confident that if the world went crazy and imploded, I’d still be able to take care of my babies. So, this is my immediate goal.
What about you? Are you worried at all? Are you preparing? Could you manage life as they did in the days of the Great Depression? I’d love to hear your thoughts!