I think all of us romanticize the "pioneer days" when men and women traveled across the country in covered wagons, worked side by side to make a new life, spent all of their time together as a family. But could we do it?
Walk into your kitchen, or just picture it in your mind if walking isn't on your agenda today, and take a good look around. One by one, what things would you be willing to live without? And what would you absolutely have to have if you lived in the middle of nowhere with no one but your husband and kids?
My list...I could give up:
1. Parquet floors
2. Cabinets with doors
3. One of my 2 sets of dishes
4. Most of my bowls and serving dishes
5. The food processor and blender and toaster and coffee maker and electric knife and mixer
6. Overhead lights
7. Decorator items
8. Most cookbooks
9. Lots of pans
10. Lots of spices
I MUST HAVE:
1. Stove - gas...or at least not wood!
3. Running water
4. Hot Water!
5. Shelves and pegs for dishes and other stuff
6. Not a dirt floor
7. One cookbook
8. One set of dishes
9. Salt, Pepper
10. Enough lanterns to make good light
11. Iron skillet and 2 or 3 pots
What's the point? First of all, count your blessings. Even my "must have" list is more than most people in the world have. Second, I really could do with a lot less than I have. I live an abundent life...my cup is overflowing. (oops, better add some kitchen towels to that must have list if I'm going to mop up my overflowing cup!) And third, if I could do with a lot less, why don't I? Why don't you?