Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Courage of the Next Generation

A week or so ago, BF and I drove to Iowa for a bull auction. 
Our conversation drifted from one subject to another. As we drove thru these farming communities,  we debated whether or not the youth of today could endure the hardships of our early settlers. If they would have the strength to survive, to build a country. Would they have the courage to explore new places, to fight off attacks, to "go west" so to speak??? 
The land was squared off. One planted corn, another raised cattle or sheep, another, hay... Some were fenced, while others were bordered by a simple tree line. We saw the density of the trees and wild shrubs in some areas that had not been cleared. 
BF didn't think they'd have a chance.
I reminded him that our grandparents wondered and worried about "our" generation.
  I figure that they would endure... Some would... just as not all of our forefathers moved west...some did.
BF just got this picture, of his father working a 3 horse team, plowing on their Ohio farm.
 What do you think?

11 comments:

Ashling said...

I suspect then, as now, some would embrace the hardship and satisfaction of settling new territories. Others would run screaming in the other direction, and be bankers, teachers, IT techs....And to be honest, while I may enjoy the idea of homesteading on a very small scale, I wouldn't have been a great pioneer womon.

turquoisemoon said...

Ashling, There was a program, many years ago, thinkin it was on the history channel, anyway...4 families were selected to go West, to settle in Wyoming/Montana??? One family simply didn't cut it at all...the rest really tried. At the end, they were evaluated and in all reality, none of them would have survived the first winter.
I enjoy the idea too, however, just don't know what I'd do without my dishwasher, microwave, curling iron, my puter...

Out on the prairie said...

i had a farmer behind my home who still farmed with horses as a kid.Today many Amish live around the state and still find the old ways are best for them.

Ashling said...

I watched that series--it was awesome! And daunting! Heck, we hate hauling our bags of pellets in the house; imagine chopping numerous cords of wood to survuive the Winter. And thank you, I want screens on my windows, and real floor, not dirt. I'll raise my few chickens, do some preserving and pat myself on the back!

turquoisemoon said...

Steve, We drove thru an Amish community on the way. To watch that horse and buggy trotting along the highway just brings so many thoughts to mind. Could I live like that? What would I really miss from my current life? Would it really be more peaceful or stress free? hmmm...

Ashling, Wasn't that an amazing program??? As far as I'm concerned, you're doing a great job as it is...and, really do deserve a pat on the back.
(cyber)pat pat pat... :>

Arkansas Patti said...

I saw that show also and thought it really interesting. It tickled me that the men, with daily hard work and normal rations became lean and fit, all the while thinking they were wasting away.

turquoisemoon said...

Patti, I wish I could remember the name of that program. I'd sure like to watch it again. I'm sure BF would enjoy it too. Oooh yeah, I remember! they said that the men had gotten down to the average male weight for those times. Remember that one gal that really became, well I'll just say, evil???

Diane AZ said...

I think the many of the young people of today could survive especially if they worked together. :)

Linda said...

I think this generation would do just fine...there is a core of them out there that remind me of us in the 60's...back to the land, interested in natural things...my kids were raised close to the earth and I know they have the tools( natural cooking, gardening, self-sufficient, etc) if need be...they will pass that on to theirs when the time comes...
There are many out there that could do so...great conversation subject...

turquoisemoon said...

Diane, I do too... They'd have to work together, pull together...and I think they'd do it.

Linda, Ooh yes, there is a core of them interested in natural things. I worked at Whole Foods for awhile and they were there in droves. Really impressed with so many young mothers using diapers rather than pampers. Some were learning about herbal healing, natural foods, etc. I was impressed! BF razzed me when I worked at Whole Foods too... Funny, we get along so well???

NitWit1 said...

I suspect enough would endure whatever the obstacles might be; some of us have survivalist instincts to a degree, some of us are dependent on others supporting our survival.