Spending a few days sicky-pooh in bed gave me a chance to think about a few things. I woke up one feverish morning and had an ah-ha! moment.........
I think for five years I have unknowingly been living a 1940's life!
Now there are many things I do not do (or know how to do) that a traditional 1940's woman or housewife would have known how to do. I don't know how to "mend and make do". I have no clue how to make an apple pie. I don't know how to crochet or knit, and home cooked meals happen about three times a week, if I am lucky.
When I became a stay at home mom I didn't have any guidelines to follow. Both my mother and grandmother were already gone for so many years and I really didn't have any other females in my life that were knowledgeable about things like that. I did join a moms group online but unfortunately found women to be caddy and competitive.
Through the years I have found my own way of doing things and I'm still figuring out some other things. I still have a lot to learn!
Now why would I say I realized I was living a 1940's life? Well, its because I feel as though my family and I (although I know we are not alone and also not everyone is feeling the hurt of the bad economy) have been living a life of rationing, couponing, swapping, selling, bartering, and cut backs---one after another. I was not born rich but I wasn't born dirt poor. I mean looking back I feel in many ways we were but I always remember that others have it worse. So I grew up without a lot and well things haven't changed much. I mean we have a house and a car but we have to live every day very carefully and very planned.
We live without a lot. Most people have fancy cell phones-we have only one that is 25 dollars a month talk and text only. We have no cable and use internet for Netflix to watch movies for the kids. We buy minimal food and minimal everything else. Basically we are careful. I feel like women in the 40's especially during the War had to watch everything they bought very carefully, they had to plan meals around what they could buy, and wear what they could get their hands on. My God I feel like one of those women!
Parties for the kids have had to be more creative as well to cut costs (of course this has to be done at 2am LOL). Gifts during the holidays and birthdays have also gotten more creative and minimal. Everything that I have that is geared to my vintage life have either been thrifted, swapped for, gifted (ie Birthday/Christmas), or I have sold things in order to get it.
Just yesterday I received my order of my very first vintage dress from the 1950's. I scored it with a coupon on etsy for 35 dollars! I cannot wait to show you all! I was able to purchase it because I sold a few things on ebay. I decided recently to focus more on my wardrobe and my hair practice than photo shoots for the time being and let me tell you how amazing it felt to have that dress in my hands. But then women in the 40's couldn't normally afford a new dress every week, having a new dress was a treat for them just like its been a treat for me.
So many little things I find I can relate to the women of that generation. The struggles they had to face especially while their men were at war (my husband is away a lot with his two jobs), the cunning and creative ways they had to come up with for dinners, parties, and holidays. And lets not forget doing all that and trying to keep your household nice looking, clean, making sure your children have all their needs met, and meeting your own needs all on a tight budget and sometimes on a budget that doesn't exist at all!
Someday I'd like to live in the thriving 1950's but until then I am going to keep on keeping on my 1940's world! *wink*