We had dinner tonight with A.’s mothers group. These are a great group of people and have helped A. through the times of doubt we all have when kids first come along. They are a varied group of people but all very nice and have strong views about raising their children. I find such groups interesting in some ways they are an artificially derived form of what would have been available and normal 80 years ago with everyone helping everyone and women of different ages supporting each other and offering advice, much of it from past experience. Now sadly due to societies siloing of the nuclear families this has had to be recreated like so much else in community that has been lost. Growing up in the country 30 – 40 years ago I got a different view. Even at that time the view the city had of community was very different to the close sense of community we had. This was not perfect but better than it is now.
We have a lot to relearn.
…But on with my post.
One of the woman made an interesting comment ‘how are you guys coping with two kids now? There is not much time anymore is there to do other things’ and latter in the night ‘I imagine that you guys are not still making up puree’s for the kids like you used to. I am sponsoring the baby food makers these days…’ It did raise an eye brow for me particularly as I had a comment made recently form another source ‘How do I find time for all the stuff I do..’
Both comment concern me to a degree. I am not blowing my own trumpet but I don’t think we drive our selves that hard to get things done. Some of it easier for me because I really do believe in the things I do. These are things that mean the dollar I earn at work can help me get out of the system rather than putting one foot in front of the other on that ‘good ol treadmill’.
I have gone over the issue behind making my own baby food in a post before in my post on baby food and I still agree with this. Better for my son, better for the environment better for my wallet, which is way better of me. Sometimes you just need to do stuff that is important to you or simply better for you, even if it means less time in front of the idiot box or a few minutes less of sleep.
And that includes this blog which I will be a bit more diligent on from now on.
I hope you can all find time to do what you need or want to, even if that latest reality TV show has to go.
I will leave you with a couple of good quotes that relate to todays post.
- ‘The problem with permaculture is it is the realm of the middle class. And the problem with the middle class is that if it gets to hard they just buy their way out.’ – Anonymous PDC Graduate
- ‘If you get one more thing done each day you will get 365 more things done each year’ – Bill Gates