Simpler Yet Harder

That’s what life used to be like years ago, when people lived off the land and survived without technology.  We recently visited a plantation close to my father-in-law’s home where it was fascinating to see how people used to live in the 1600’s.  I really enjoyed seeing the women work in a technology-free kitchen as well as the garden that provided daily nutrition on the table.  I walked past a woman who was searching for something along a path and she told me she was looking for strawberries.  I liked showing Noah some of the games the kids played…games and toys that didn’t involve a touch screen or loud, annoying music that mysteriously starts playing when you walk by it.

It was a simpler way of life, but that doesn’t mean it was easy.  I am thankful I am living in the 21st century with dishwashers and toilets, however, I am longing for a way to adapt some practices from long ago.  Simpler may not always mean easier, but it can mean less.  Less processing, less junk, less stuff.

My husband went on a fishing trip and brought home some fish for us to eat.  I can honestly say the crappie he cooked for us was some of the best fish I have ever eaten.

We picked strawberries and enjoyed some delicious strawberry shortcake with friends that evening.
She won’t eat much, but when it comes to strawberries from daddy’s garden, she wastes no time.

One comment

  1. Diane Cryder · June 5, 2013

    Thanks, Emily. Yes, we can all benefit from trying to live more simply. I've had to do that this past couple of years, and while I miss some of my “things”, there's a freedom to having less. Oh, how materialism can get a grip on us if we are not diligent about it! Here in Belgium people demand healthier food and eat lots of natural things – and you rarely see overweight people! A lesson Americans must learn soon!


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