Thursday, July 22, 2010
How Did We Get Here?
Yesterday Jeremy and I read the introduction of this book together: Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture. It's a book about consuming less, increasing self-reliance, and building community. Its a book about men and women working together happily, as equal partners, in homemaking. It's a book about ditching the PhD and living on a farm instead.
Ha, ha! Just kidding Mom and Dad. . . sort of.
We have to actually read to book to see how much we agree with it's ideas, but still It makes me wonder. . . How did we get here? How did Jeremy and I together reach this point?
I wonder what there could have been in our lives 8 years ago that pointed to where we would be today. What about Anime points to ecology and sustainability? What about cleaning dishes in the Cannon Center points to fresh local food and grass-fed beef?
And I wonder. Is this place we are at today the place we each would have come to eventually on our own, or even (shudder) with a different partner? Or has this journey been one in which we have traveled only because we are together? Only because of the way we have contemplated and discussed our thoughts over the years, continuously but minutely changing and developing ideas through each conversation.
Harvesting rainwater, keeping chickens, home cheese-making, building playscapes out of logs in the backyard, scheming for a cargo bike, dreaming of hand-made furniture.
It's an interesting place where we are right now. And I wonder, even more strongly, where we will be 8 years from today.