Last night I came in from the evening rounds and the family was in front of the t.v. watching some new show. I have two kids as you recall, my son is 14 and my daughter is 12. They were watching a show where all of a sudden, at 11:11 am everyone over the age of 15 suddenly disappeared.
Not dead, just mysteriously gone.
It was the first episode of the series, which I didn’t catch its title, but something about “Sparkle Mystery” or something like that.
My kids have never been really big into the prepper thing. My daughter likes primitive skills and working with the gardens and livestock because it is fun. She is not ‘preparing’ for anything.
My son has little interest and is devastated every night when he can’t use his phone during dinner.
So we are watching this show and the kids on t.v. are playing around in a grocery store and just beginning to realize they are completely free of adult supervision. They start playing around and breaking things of course. One of the actors says with excitement “hey, this is like the end of the world as we know it”.
Over dinner our family talked about the show and I asked my kids what they would do. My son said he would take the truck to Austin.
“To do what?” I asked.He wasn’t sure.But it seemed like it would be fun to drive Dad’s truck. My daughter pointed out there would be lots more kids in Austin and that could be trouble.
“What do you want there anyway” she asked. He didn’t know really, just thought it would be cool.
“I’ll get a bunch of generators” he said.
“For what?”. But he didn’t really know. And after a bit he remembered that gas with ethanol will only last about two or three moths – one of those prepper factoids he picked up by osmosis somehow. So a bunch of generators wouldn’t really be that useful for long.
After a while they both decided it would be best to stay here at our research center.
They would get their friends to join them.
As we discussed more of what they would do my daughter became aware of her strengths. She could grow food, she knew how to make medicine and she could suture up wounds. She knew a lot of the wild edibles growing around here and she was a pretty good shot with a .22.
“The chickens would become much more… interesting” my son suddenly realized. He does help out a bit with the chickens in between bouts of texting. We grow out a flock of meat birds each year as a part of how we feed ourselves (and our dogs!). I posted an article about that last week – here is the link if you missed it http://growyourowngroceries.org/is-re-eating-taking-recycling-too-far/
“Well Mom and Dad” my son concluded with earnest “please make sure you finish building the aquaponics system before you disappear”.
I can’t wait until the next episode.
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Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.