So, I just read a series of young adult books that I loved.
Not high literature or anything, but I totally fell into them.
The premise of the book is that an asteroid hit the moon and knocked it closer to the Earth, causing major disruption like tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc. Millions die and those that are left have to deal with starvation, epidemic, weather changes, etc.
I’ve always been drawn to reading stories about how people survived during the Great Depression.
I don’t know what it is, but there is just something about stories where people make do with what they have and still manage to survive that has pulled me in time and time again.
I loved watching Little House on the Prairie, as a kid (and as an adult, to be honest), not because of the stories (although who can resist the Laura/Nellie rivalry) but because of the way they got things done.
Life on the prairie was hard. Life during the Depression was hard. Life in a post-apocalyptic world with a too-close moon is hard.
And, when I read these stories, real or fiction, it always gets me thinking…how would we survive in such a situation? Are we prepared?
Trust me, I’m not thinking the end of the world is upon us and I’m not waiting for the government to come and take away all of my belongings, but I do see some logic to some preparation.
In the days before the monkeys, I was a master couponer.
Actually, even in the early days when we just had Monkey Girl and Monkey in the Middle, I did alright with the coupons.
I had a few articles posted in some couponing magazines and people came to me for advice on saving money in the grocery story.
In those days, I had a stockpile in the basement.
Not full of guns and ammo and anti-government paraphernalia and canned goods to the ceiling, but definitely with enough non-perishable items to get us through a serious dry spell in case anyone lost their job or there was some weird natural disaster and we couldn’t get out to buy food.
And, having just finished this series, I started thinking…maybe it’s time to stock up again.
Not like I did, but just a bit.
In the book, the hottest commodities were batteries, canned goods, and medical stuff like aspirin and inhalers.
I started thinking, maybe I should take $20 of my piano money each week and just buy a flat of bottled water, a pack of batteries and a few cans of beans or corn and just stash them away in the basement.
I’m totally suggestible, by the way.
When I read books about people who are artists, I fully believe that I could paint the Mona Lisa.
I am a moderator (an absent moderator, these days, but still a moderator thanks to a very patient and gracious website owner) of a frugal living website called The Frugal Village, and I know that many people there stockpile on a regular basis just in case of things like a job loss.
Some have amazing pictures of their stockpiles, and I’m always impressed how far they can all stretch their dollars.
Particularly because I fully believe that these monkeys can literally eat every single food item in my pantry and still be hungry for more, and when I have three teenage boys in the house, I worry that Real Man and I will need to get three jobs each just to keep them fed and satisfied.
So, I’m curious…what are your thoughts on preparedness and stockpiling and all of this stuff, and if you have a stockpile, large or small, what kinds of things are you putting away, and why do you do it?
No ridiculing each other…just plain old curiosity on my part.
Please, let me know. As fun as it must be to listen to me ramble every day, I’d love for it to be more of a conversation!