The other morning it was a beautiful spring day so I started the washing machine early so I could hang my sheets in the fresh breeze. While hanging out the sheets my 12-year-old rooster was crowing away. Then it hit me. This is something that is leaving our cultures. I am an American living in Belgium and I can say that Belgium is quite a bit more traditional than America these days in comparison. But even here you do not see many clothes hanging on the clothes line and when I am in America unless it is on a real back road I never see it.
I recently asked a friend who I know use to hang clothes out why she does not do it any more, she said it takes too much time. Hmmm, it took me all of 3 minutes to hang out my sheets, I was breathing fresh air, enjoy the sound of my rooster and my sheets will smell like the great outdoors when I put them back on my bed. I would say that is worth a minute or two. Not to mention the electricity I saved and how long my sheets will last from not being wore out in the dryer.
As far as the rooster goes, here in Belgium there are many chickens and roosters in people's yards. You can hear them all the time. But in the States, hardly ever, again unless you are in a real rural area. Belgium permits farm animals in residential areas as long as you have the room. I have seen donkeys, sheep, chickens, and an occasional cow on a regular size lot. They still seem to still hold on to the tradition of having these animals, also the reward of having fresh eggs in the morning. The American culture has all but given up on the traditional farm life. Everything comes from the store or Wal-Mart.
When I am in the States I miss the cozy feeling of a chickens, gardens, and clothes blowing in the wind.
So as long as I live here I will continue with hanging my clothes out, and feeding most of our leftovers that the dogs don't eat to the chickens and the rest goes in the compost pile for the garden. Remember when being self-sufficient was a necessity and not a fade?
So if the world of electricity and technology should come crashing down, I think I could survive ok, other than writing this blog. I would really miss that.