Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Some thoughts about those that came before
It's just a nice thing to look back and realize the big advantages we have over those that came before us that are so easy to take for granted.
The thing that is also something to remember though is, having children used to be a community thing in a much larger way than it is today, and in many cultures it still is. Today in the USA at least women usually are just at home trying to take care of things at home while also trying to take care of a child, and often expected to be back at work within 6 weeks. Given that I barely had any time to take off, and I used most of it going to be at the hospital with her, we are very fortunate that my mother and stepfather came out to help clean and cook for the week, and that where we are has the Hilltown Families to help with resources for new parents including It Takes a Village which sends out volunteers to help for a few hours a week. We also have had local friends who have been able to help us out here and there which has made a huge difference each time. Having a child future and strongly reinforces the need for strong community when trying to live in general, and when trying to homestead in specific. Hopefully next time I post the Critter will be doing much better and feeding will no longer be a nightmare!
The thing I do want to note is that we are very happy, and when Critter isn't crazy trying to eat and struggling to get by he is a very happy child. We look forward to seeing him as he is when he isn't struggling to eat.