By: Curtis Schofield, Spiritual Insight
I was born in
1937 during the great depression. My father and mother were farmers. We had
milk to sell from a few cows. We planted a large garden, and my mother canned
food for the winter. We did not have much money, but we never went hungry. My
dad and older brother cared for the milk cows, and raised and provided the hay
and the corn for them. My mother and I and some younger brothers picked the
beans and blackberries. My mother canned them for our food in the cold months.
My parents believed it is necessary for parents to teach their children the
necessary skills of survival.
I learned to
appreciate more the parents and teachers who help children develop basic life
skills when I was the director of Contact Telephone Ministry in Chattanooga
from 1969-1975. Many of our callers were youth who claimed they were living a
life of addiction, because they had never learned the basic skills to survive.
read an article by Gray Palmer that reminded me of my childhood and the
importance of teaching our children how to work together to provide for their
1930’s we lived in a small town named Trenton. We lived beside the railway
tracks. Times were very tough. My father, whenever he could find work, worked
seven days a week 12 hours a day. And even then it was barely enough to feed
“We lived on a
small lot in a two story house where we managed (five children). The lot had a
small barn where we kept a pig and a cow. We had chicken wire off the back
porch for chickens. We had a garden. My mother did a lot of canning for winter.
My grandmother who lived on a small farm near by brought us a lot of food
items. My sister and I used to walk the railway tracks with six quart baskets
and pick up coal that had fallen from the train. We would use it when the
weather got cold and it would keep the house warm most of the night.
You may ask why
I am telling you this. Because I believe times like the 1930s and early ‘40s
could come again, and now is a good time to have some measure of readiness. The
old adage “save a little for a rainy day” is a good thing.
Gary Palmer is
the webmaster for http://www.storeitfoods.com, a site providing tools and tips
for those interested in a home, food storage program. Article Source:
Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things
your eyes have seen. Teach them to your children and to their children after
them (Deuteronomy 4:9).
Curtis Schofield is a retired minister
residing on Sand Mountain. Contact him at (423) 413-5653.