Homesteading is being resourceful…This past Saturday after I went on a little bike ride down the lane, I came home. It was a beautiful day. The birds were singing, the sun was shining its warm glow on your face, and you just know it is a day that you need to be outside. I could here my children’s voices coming from the creek. I made my way to a trail that led into the forest. It was there that I saw the camp site the children made earlier that day. There were forts posted at every angle and fires cracking. The children were running back and forth with dry wood to burn and wild edibles to cook over their growing fires.
To my delight, they were learning to be resourceful.
I went from one campfire to the next, learning all about the soup they were preparing. Molly was finding wild onions, chickweed, and earthworms. Here she is frying earth worms on a rock to make crisp before adding it to her soup. I was very shocked that she was planning on worm soup for supper.
“Worms are good protein, mom!” She added, “If we were trying to survive, we would have to eat what ever was available and worms are plentiful in the ground. Why not eat them? They could give you energy if you were really hungry.”
That was true and very brave for a girl to attempt. I would hope I could be that brave to to eat worms if I were ever faced with hunger. The soup smelled delicious.
I look over my shoulder and see Megan throwing a bucket into the creek to gather water. She figured out that it was easier to tie a string to the bucket handle and draw up the water so she did not have to climb down the bank to gather it up. Very smart.
Letting the kids take a few tools from the old wood shed and few knives or pans from the kitchen was well worth it. Sometimes we need to let our kids figure things out.
They are learning to be RESOURCEFUL.
In life it is of paramount importance to learn to be resourceful.
What they learned that day will translate into life. It will cause them to think for themselves, to be productive with their time, and how to handle life when there is little to work with. Making the most with what they had.
It was a day we will all cherish in our memory as long as we live. Watch the video I made of the kids telling how they made their camp cookout.