The warnings had been there. First, the worst fire season on record for our state (we had been forced to evacuate while I was pregnant), stay-at-home orders, threats of lockdowns, bare shelves, lines at grocery stores, unrest in the bigger cities over the summer, and more recently, cargo ships unable to offload at local ports.
Distant learning, schools back in sessi...oh, nope, nevermind. Back to online classes.
All I want to do is close the door on the outside world + gather my loved ones around our table. Shut out the noise, to nourish, nurture, and focus on my family.
Without worrying about whether or not stores will be open (or whether we’ll be allowed in or not). Or that shelves may be bare. Or if there will be limits on who can go in. Or how many people can go inside at one time. And all the other things mamas worry about, like preservatives and additives to the “shelf-stable” foods (yuck).
Through it all I realized there are a few things I *can* do:
First is that as a mom, the one thing I *can* do is prepare my home & family.
- Growing some of our own produce eases my mind..
Finding good quality produce (that we *can’t* grow) can provide added nutrients.
And learning how to preserve that healthy, nourishing food so that it lasts.
- Without chemicals or preservatives.
- Without cardboard-tasting MREs
Or relying solely on dry goods (because when the power goes out, turning dried beans into a wholesome meal on a propane stove is less than ideal, my friend #askmehowiknow)
But jars filled to the brim (well, with the appropriate amount of headspace that is!) of goodness that we can enjoy no matter what is happening outside. Not only can we take care of our immediate family, but our friends, and communities.
Because here is what I’ve come to realize: