Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Give an Extra LONG Hug this Christmas....

My family traveled this weekend to visit my husband's family. Not far - less than a 100 miles - but depending on how things shake out, it might have been across the world.

This time next year, I pray that I look back on these posts with a chuckle....with a little embarrassment as to how urgently I preached a new "change" was coming....I dont think I will - but I pray I do. If things continue on their course, many Americans will find it difficult to visit family not far away.

If things continue on an even worse path, we may be back to loading up the entire family with their belongings into the car and heading to "start fresh" with family that happened to hold onto land. Families today are spread out - stretched thin. Things were doable during the 1930's because families had land and they had each other - extended generations to help with "know how" and with the physical labor provided by youth. The "many hands make light work" philosophy....

We have done a good job separating ourselves from the land. Farming isnt a noble profession in some small towns - they ship off the best and the brightest to the cities....or so they think.

We have done a good job separating ourselves from family. Visiting via planes, trains and automobiles was just fine when prices were low and jobs were plenty.

Things may change so much that being in close proximity is necessary for survival. Generations under 1 roof....the Waltons....Cousins that might as well be brother and sister....

If this is the way things shake out, this could be one of the blessed gifts. Families coming together, multiple houses on family land, grandparents close to grandkids, siblings raising their families close, cousins playing...

If your extended family is of the same mindset, you are ahead of the game - you have probably discussed future plans, travel, taking care of each other....

If your family thinks you are nuts, the preparation is left to you. Your planning will need to include housing, feeding, working, living with your extended family, assuming you are willing and wanting to take them :) This does not mean that you are the sole provider for everyone, but you will need to be the one that has the answers.... Your family will come along quickly to your mindset if TSHTF, but right now, its up to you. Your plans may look overwhelming, but remember, there will be many more hands to work. Just make sure they understand WORK and are willing to work to live.

Stay safe in your travels this season - Talk to your family if needed - Give an extra long hug this Christmas...

As always, Pray - Praise - Prepare - Family could be a hidden blessing....

6 comments:

Michelle said...

Well said Jen! Have a blessed Christmas!
~M

The Hermit said...

If my mother in law comes to live with me, I'm taking to the forest.

MeadowLark said...

It seems like in my neck of the woods (state-wise) anything zoned "farming" or EFU is a 40 or 80 acre minimum and only one house on that sized lot. Or something weird.

Um, ya'll can thank me for nothing, (which is pretty much all I offered there) but I think you get my point. It may be easier said than done.

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

Michelle - LOVE YOU!

Hermit - I hope your wife doesnt read this blog :)

MeadowLark - That is weird - can you say "add a room"? Unless you are in the same boat as Hermit and would rather live in the forrest instead of with family - LOL :)

Merry Christmas Yall - Pearls

MeadowLark said...

Imagine leaving me in charge of anything! YIKES. Yeah, I suppose add-a-room makes sense. I was really trying to avoid living with the MIL who hates me ;) Or my mom who would make me "one of the sidles"... you know, sui-sidle, homi-sidle. :)

Mayberry said...

You ain't gonna be embarrassed. The writin' on the wall sez "crash city"...... Merry Christmas Pearls! May your gifts be preps, your season bright, and your warnings heeded.....