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1940 House

September 30, 2008

My 1940’s kitchen cabinet, originally uploaded by juffrouwjo.

J. and I are big fans of Netflix especially since we can get 8 movies in a month for the same amount of money it would cost us to see one movie in a theater. Now we don’t pay much attention to previews on TV until the previews come out for movies about to come to DVD. Then we know we can get online and reserve them through Netflix. The wait times can very depending on the popularity of a certain movie but there is always something else to see.

Recently we have watched a lot of reality series that recreate a certain time period and then put real people in those situations and see how they react. We’ve watch Manor House, Colonial House, 1900 House, and Frontier House. Of all of these 1940 House was my favorite. All of them were interesting because they gave you a small glimpse about what it would have been like to live in those times as well as making you realize how much we have now. But for the 1940 house resonated the most because I think the challenges they faced and how they coped are challenges we will see again and coping skills we should all learn.

The family is put back into wartime Britain, during which they have to grow their own vegetables, face rationing, cook their own food and go without. Now I realize we aren’t facing food rations right now and honestly I don’t see it happening in the near future but a lot of us our learning to make do with what is local which means certain products are now beyond our reach (so to speak). I also like that instead of wallowing in their misery the show had them got out and volunteer just like women of that era did. What’s more their volunteer work was at an older person’s home so that they interacted with men and women that lived through that era. I think when the family left the 1940s house they had grown as individuals as well as having a greater appreciation for all the modern days things we have now.

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  1. September 30, 2008 1:17 pm

    It would be interesting to see how society would react to the same situations our grandparents had to deal with. I grew up in Colombia and we can electric and water rationing. It wasn’t weird because everyone dealt with it. After recently spending 3 days without power here, I think that people would start rioting. Americans feel entitled to live the “good life” whatever that means.

    Mr Chiots and I have really been trying to live up the motto: use it up, wear it out, make due, or do without. We’ve spent the last 2 years trying to not be romanced by the consumerism that plauges this country, we grow a lot of our food, preserve some as well, we do without many things and wear out what we do have. We’ve also been buildling a small network of local people to get meat, eggs, chicken, milk and veggies from. If food does becomed rationed I bet we’ll have plenty. At least nowadays we can use the excuse of being “green” and people don’t see you as too crazy.

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