I have to wonder why, or how, someone who grew up in the lean years of the Great Depression chooses to be critical of a preparatory mindset.
And said someone with a better-stocked pantry than my paltry one!
My Uncle made a insightful guess a few days back: maybe it is an unconscious desire to suppress those difficult times.
Maybe. Okay, yes, even.
What's wrong with me "saving for a rainy day"? I mean, let's look at a summation from the front page of today's Houston Post:
"Unemployment soared to 7.2% last month, but even that gloomy figure may mask the degree to which the job market is in a tailspin.
The fine print of friday's report showed that a broader measure of joblessness-- which includes people who are working part-time but would prefer a full-time job and people who want work but have given up looking-- rose... to 13.5%
...Employers cut 524,000 jobs last month, 2.6 million over the course of 2008. companies not only slashed workers, but also cut back on hours for their remaining employees, [leaving those remaining with] the shortest average workweek on record.
The unemployment rate is at a 16-year high. The growing army of the unemployed, at 11.1 million, is nearly 50% bigger than at the start of the recession a year ago."
By Neil Irwin--Washington Post
[And the above-mentioned person is, as I type, reading that very paper, and watches t.v.news every night (packagd as we know that source is , they ain't been all cheery of late) . And ignoring who knows how many other signs...]
And I'm certain I ain't the only one who has noticed that gasoline prices are on the rise again-- a near 20-cent increase almost overnight, at least here in the Big H.
But I'm silly for preparing; for buying a little extra food every time I shop; for desiring a pressure canner/cooker.( Honestly, when I was asked "What on Earth do you want a pressure cooker for?", I was so slack-jawed baffled that I couldn't answer.Whuh??? I finally said " I plan on having a really big garden". That garnered a snicker. And THAT got me pissed...)
I was able to hold my tongue, then and now. Lydia made a good point in her comment @ HermitJim's site today, having an answer at the ready for grocery clerks who might wonder verbally about bulk food purchases.
I really don't understand, folks (nor do I understand folks-- no comma). But maybe I ain't meant to.
I'll just go about my merry if "convoluted" way. And come a simple move to the country and a wait on garden production there, or TEOTWAWKI, I'll have me green beans set aside.
That's all I got for now, friends. Thanks for droppin' by.
Le Moniteur de la Mode, January 1853
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