city life from a country view
For those of you who have been following along I am from a small town down by Cincinnati and am currently in Cleveland, no not the outskirts or even a sub-burb, which as I stated before is quite a change. I have to say there are some advantages to city, I was able to get cable in a matter of days which isn't even offered where we live, but we have a friend that is very big on GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY, now although I do not share the intense passion that he does I am aware of certain aspects of his theory and I must say if the government wanted to take over it would not be very hard in the city.
We grow and sell produce at farmers markets and various places so the thought of controlled foods is not a very realistic idea at our house I mean who doesn't have at least a small garden. I have discovered here that some places don't even allow you to have a garden of which I cannot imagine. Although I have stated before that when I met my husband I had no idea of pretty much anything but I still knew that people had gardens I just didn't know anything about them and that was ok at least I thought so. I am glad to know that my kids are educated in that area and have no doubt that they could grow enough food to feed their families.
I have talked to many people that state they wish they knew how to do those things, wow if the government were to control how many tomatoes or other vegetables people would get, I really just can't imagine. Most of the prices have been pretty crazy as well I can go to a grocery store and get 20 boxes of pasta for only 10 dollars but cannot get enough pears for less than 10 for all of us to have one, how can we feed our families healthy foods when you can't afford them? i
I know this statement has been brought up in many conversations with other people but since we grow produce having peppers and tomatoes with everything we eat doesn't seem like such an expense. Let's face it the large companies do control most of our non perishable items of which I buy as well but the control over that did not seem so severe until I got here and found myself at the mercy of the grocery store. At home if something terrible were to happen and we had to grow wheat so that I could make bread or pasta it would be perfectly attainable and we would survive. How would these people? How many kids would go hungry because they couldn't get food from the store. I usually don't like to write about such serious things, but how can I not think about this when it is right here in front of me. It really makes me miss home more than ever. There is a different kind of sense of security there, not just the point of safety in knowing I can let my kids go outside and they won't get beat up but knowing we can feed our family whether we can get to the store or not. That is a totally different kind of safe.
I have seen an "Urban Garden" and a "Community Garden" up here but if something tragic were to happen those would be controlled as well they would have no choice. I am not a big government conspiracy follower and not even saying that my sudden sense of reality has anything to do with anything like that, it is just common sense that if tragedy were to strike it would be necessary for some kind of control to be placed on things like that to try to supply everyone with their needs, it is just very obvious that those places could not nearly provide enough to supply even half of this city and what a terrible time that would be.
As I said before I don't think I have held as high of a value for our home as I do now and had such a longing to hear our rooster at 3am and know if needed I could eat him by dinner with some potatoes and peppers without even leaving my yard.
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