Tonight it is snowing here on the farm, and currently we have about 4 inches of snow on the ground. We are supposed to get a lot of snow, as the forecast is calling for 7-10 inches of snowfall starting tonight and ending Wednesday. It was such a gray day today and the world outside felt so drab and depressing, much like my heart felt at the mere mention of more white powder!
Yesterday we were at my nephew's birthday party and it was a lovely 48 degrees and sunny. Another guest and I were talking and she said, "Think about how it would have been to live before news forecasts and technology. You would have no clue, based on the weather today that you were going to get 7-10 inches of snow tomorrow!"
I thought about this statement all night long. She is right. You would have no clue about the weather if you didn't have access to the technology that we have now. That is why being "prepared" was so important to homesteaders. It was a way of survival. If you weren't prepared for whatever life threw at you then you couldn't just drive down to the Quickie Mart and grab a gallon of milk. If you didn't have supplies, you and your family were in jeopardy of dying.
I realize that we don't have to "prepare" for much anymore. We live in a world of convenience, where everything we need to survive is at our disposal. Perhaps that is why people frequently ask me, "Why do you do all this homesteading stuff? Is it really worth it?!"
I don't know. I am sitting in the comfort of my warm home right now, planting seeds and listening to my chicks contentedly chirping in the background, while you are fighting rude people at the grocery store for the last gallon of milk. You tell me, is it really worth it?!