As a child growing up, I remember my mother talking about her childhood. These conversations always fascinated me. Of course part of the fascination was I didn’t totally understand what she was talking about.
Mom used to tell about making dresses from flour and feed sacks. I used to think what a terrible life mom must have had, and how poor her family must have been. You see, when I went to the feed store with Grandpa, he would back his truck up to the loading dock and they would fill his bed up with these huge burlap bags of feed. I used to shiver thinking of mom wearing such ugly, scratchy old dresses. How in the world did she stand it?
I was a young adult before I found out feedbags weren’t always made from burlap; in fact they used to be made out of beautiful cotton prints. When buying feed they used to browse through the stock of feed and pick out the sacks they liked to make a new outfit from.
My husband told me a similar story of how he and his brothers used to go to their coalhouse, where their dad kept their feed and fight over which sacks they wanted their Grandmother to make them a shirt from. Shopping sure has changed, but not necessarily for the better.
Another story mom used to tell me, was how they buried apples to eat during the winter months. It wasn’t until I was dating my husband that I found out the exact meaning of burying apples. My husband was brought up on a farm. During a visit with my mother, they were discussing how they used to bury apples in their garden. Dummy me asked “How in the world did you find them?” They both looked at me as if I said something totally crazy. You see, I didn’t know that they dug a big hole and lined it with leaves then put the apples in and covered them with leaves. I was thinking one apple at a time, each apple having it’s own hole. People used to do the same with potatoes, cabbage…
When telling our children stories from our childhood we should make sure they understand what we are teaching. My mother knew from her experience what she was talking about, but me, I never experienced it. I believe it is very important for our children to know how other generations lived. Not only should we share our experiences, but also our parents & grandparents experiences, IF we do not a way of life will be forgotten forever.
As Christians we must also teach & pass on our Christian heritage to our children, or Christ too will be forgotten.The bible stresses this fact also: Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (KJV) And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
God also tells older women to teach younger women. I personally was blessed by a wonderful mother & grandmother. Some are not as blessed as I was, however, the bible does not say to teach your daughters/granddaughters only. Titus 2:3-5 (KJV) The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Men are to be taught sound doctrine. Think about it, if they aren’t taught, how can they teach their sons? Titus 2:1-2 (KJV) But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
I believe it is very important to bring your children up in church; make sure they understand the Bible and the meaning of salvation. This will ensure God’s word will live on.
Hope you have a blessed week!