Besides the gaming and being an avid reader and enjoying the fruits of motherhood I am embarking on a new journey which I hope will prove interesting but more importantly, be of help. Not everyone is familiar with the Foxfire Books. They started out as a high school project back in the 60’s under the direction of a teacher Mr. Eliot Wigginton.
The premise of the Foxfire project was that the distinctive ways of the Appalachian people were fast disappearing with modern times. Everything from folk lore and generations of knowledge in herb-lore and food preservation was fading out… dying out, truly, as the older generations passed away. Their children were products of a modern world now and had not taught their own children, the kids in this high school in Georgia, any of what had kept them alive all these many years.
From one class project sprang a magazine, a 12 volume set of best selling books, a play and a movie… All award winning. The foxfire project even continues today: Foxfire.org
I only have a couple of the books but they are really awesome. Even the things I doubt I will ever do myself are fascinating to read about. I do especially love the stories and the lore and superstitions. The old timers used to even consider the phase of the moon then digging holes!
In the spirit of the Foxfire project I am starting my own #lostskills project. I would never give up my modern, easy lifestyle. I love my computer and internet, my car and the ease of having a grocery store in nearly every town. Electricity and indoor plumbing, yup, I like those too. My #lostskills project is not about going off grid or Amish or anything like that. It’s about maintaining a well rounded self. It is in the very spirit of Provident living to gain and maintain as much knowledge and as many skills as we can.
Men may cast themselves as the leaders and warriors, the scholars and keepers of history but; women are the very seat of civilization and I say, we are guardians of culture and etiquette.
Pursuant to that idea I want to do my part to retain what was good about things the way my grandmother did them and add to them with our greater base of knowledge we have available today. I want to understand why things are done a certain way. I want to learn how to apply old concepts to modern times. I want to relearn the bank of knowledge and wisdom that, until just a couple of generations ago, was passed down.
We used to grow gardens and make many of our own clothes. We used to treasure things made for us by craftsmen or our loved ones.
I’m not saying give up your trips to the grocery store or stop buying clothes at Walmart. But how much money could we save if we all did a little something? People are so concerned about our effect on the world around us and I say a large part of the problem is that we don’t even try to do things for ourselves. People are concerned about the minds of our youth playing games and being absorbed into social media. Maybe a lot of the world’s problems could, in fact, be helped if more kids grew up snapping peas from time to time on the back porch.
Want to reduce your waste? Raise a steer to be butchered. Spend 18 months feeding and cleaning and getting to know that unique individual before you take him to the butcher of your choice. Raise your own vegetables by the sweat of your brow and the blisters of your hands.
Everything we get from the store is labor and life and time given by someone. Just because it comes from a big corporation and is neatly and hygienically packaged in Styrofoam and plastic to be consumed facelessly by us does not make it any less true. Our disconnect from how we got here and from what it takes to keep us alive and healthy is part of what I believe causes so many of use to walk through like with this terrible feeling of dysphoria.
I’m going to fight it. I hope you will join me and find something here worth learning.
#lostskills #lds #providentliving