Old-fashioned Reminders Brought Home by COVID-19



As many in our nation and around the world face unprecedented challenges which understandably bring about fears of the unknown, some notions still commonplace in the country that are often considered old-fashioned seem worth revisiting as possible mitigation to some of these hardships and angst and as valuable reminders moving forward.

Keep a stocked pantry

This is a practical reality for many who live in a rural setting and a good idea for one and all. When stores aren’t nearby it becomes habit to keep enough staples on hand to last a little while. Growing and/or canning your own food also affords availability to fresh produce and the ability to preserve it yourself.

Take a breath and slow down.

Patience is still a virtue and can be trying, especially when times are hard. Keep breathing; the only constant is change so this, too, shall pass. Life in the country is not centered on convenience or speed, so patience is required. We live on gravel roads where travel is slow and sometimes precarious; rural living puts us a distance from towns making access to commercial goods a little more involved. We don’t have the fastest internet, nor FedEx delivery service. Inherently, we operate a little slower than our urban counterparts and expect things to take longer. This is no time to be in a hurry but then again, when is?

 You are not anonymous or alone

It is easy to feel anonymous in a concrete jungle in a sea of humanity, but remember that you are not an island; you are not alone.  Many people are getting to know their neighbors now that they are home from work with some time on their hands. Enjoy building these new connections.  In the country, you are outdoors as a way of life, so you naturally tend to see your neighbors. A spirit of collaboration still exists in rural communities where mechanical projects that require many hands on deck (think barn raising) still occur and where community hubs still include widespread churchgoing (complete with picnics and sewing circles), little league games, hunting and fishing seasons, and where large family gatherings are still commonplace. Meet your neighbors. Respect boundaries, but check in with them. Find out what you have in common.

5/19/2020 5:20:43 PM

Sarah, I started life in rural America, moved to the city at age 10, back to the farm life at age 15, and off to college at age 18 never to return to the country life. However, it still burning within me and my desire was always to get back to the country life. A career happened in technology, marriage, kids, two dogs and a cat. The family had no interest in country, gardening, or quiet life. So fast forward 41 years later. Animals lived a good life and passed on, the kids grew up and moved out, and the wife died. The country homestead genes rose up and I started an 4 by 8 foot garden bed which soon expanded into four raised beds and then expanded into 24 give gallon bucket garden on the back patio. Then a vacant lot was purchased and a 60 foot by 60 foot garden with 12 4 by 28 foot beds was born. Hence comes the name Urban Farmer Nebraska Dave Urban Farmer

Kyle Ferlemann
5/15/2020 12:45:21 PM

These are excellent recommendations. There are benefits to stepping away from technology for a little bit and a healthy habit of self reliance is always a plus. The food you grow at home tastes better for more than one reason. If you try it for yourself, you will find out why. Thanks for the words of wisdom Ms. Joplin.

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