For many years, Survival Husband and I were the Easter Bunny and Easter Fairy here on our little island in Washington State. S.H. would entertain and do photo ops with over 200 children while I would pass out the candy. It was fun. These days we sit back and enjoy and let someone else do all the work!
Today I would like to comment on some perceived differences in the mindsets of urban (big city) dwellers and the the more rural folks I pal around with here on San Juan Island in Washington State. Let me qualify by saying that my observations are personal and recent and may not reflect the country or the world at large. And yet the difference I see in the survival mindset is quite striking.
By now your are scratching you head and saying “What the heck is SurvivalWoman talking about?” Yah, I know I tend to get ahead of myself sometimes.
I may have mentioned that I was recently in Seattle to attend a funeral for a family member. Much to my delight, I learned that quite of few of my friends, relatives and acquaintances were frequent visitors to Backdoor Survival. Coolness. That meant that the message of self-reliance and independence was making some headway even in my old stomping ground.
Did I hear someone say that this was “Gaye’s little survival thing”? Did I also hear that “Gaye is really into this getting prepared stuff?” And did I hear that “Gaye was on this survival kick?”. Did this mean I was well on my way to being considered a bit of a nut job?
Now don’t get me wrong. I have no problem marching to a different beat or even being the laughing stock or daily source of amusing internet banter. But not taking self reliance and preparedness seriously? And considering “that survival thing” frivolous or perhaps even eccentric? Now that is tough to swallow.
I will contrast these citified comments with the thirst for knowledge expressed by the folks here in our rural community. I get calls and emails from neighbors and friends offering me tips to expand my own preparedness knowledge as well as requests to share what I do know with others in the community. There is a general mindset that knowledge is king and while there have been some healthy discussions of the right and wrong way to store food, disinfect water, and defend our homestead, the conversations have always been done in the positive spirit of learning. In the spirit of becoming better prepared. And in the spirit of sharing.
And so I ask my readers: do your urban cohorts consider you an amusing aberration? Or do they thirst for the knowledge and inspiration to take steps to become better prepared for a crisis or emergency (man made or otherwise) that may never happen?
It is quite sobering to think that there are entire communities out there that laugh at us now but will be knocking on our doors later with their hands out asking for help. And me? Yes I will there to help out but I will have to bite my tongue and not remind them that “I told you so”.
Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!
Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day: Looking for a non-toxic way to get rid of those pesky grasses and weeds that pop up between the stones on your patio or walkway? Last summer, with a new puppy in the house, I wanted to use something that would not be harmful if ingested. The solution was a salt water! Mix up some salt and plain old H2O in a spray bottle. Wait for a sunny day and go for it. It takes about a week for the weeds to shrivel and dry.
From the Bargain Bin: Ever tried to cook with Cast Iron? Well, I just started to learn since after all, if the SHTF I would need to cook in something sturdy that will withstand the abuses – as well as the heat – of an open flame/fire. I have been experimenting with a small 8” skillet but needed something bigger.
Be prepared with emergency supplies from Emergency Essentials®. You do have plenty of water, don’t you?