Let’s Go Back

Life is way too complicated. I long for the days when I didn’t have to figure out how to use an electronic device, or have an appliance repaired. The human race has become slothful with all of today’s modern conveniences.

Laundry for example, has gotten too easy. I’d like to go back to a time when laundry was backbreaking hand blistering work. I’d like to scrub every article of clothing on a washboard with lye soap, rinse them off in a leach filled river, and hang them out to dry. Then when they’re nice and hard / dry, to smooth out the wrinkles, I’d like to use an iron that is heated on a fire so that the chances of burning myself or the clothes are very good. This will take all day if I’m lucky.

The toilet / throne, is yet another unnecessary modern convenience. Why not simplify our lives and go back to the chamber pot? No need to leave the room you sleep in to take care of business. No need to strain yourself with taking the slop out either. Throw it out a window, and you are done, time for a hot bath…

Go out to the well and start pumping. Place that bucket of water on your potbelly stove and once it’s finally hearted, dump it in the tub, and repeat until it’s full. We only need to do this on special occasions. The bowl of water in your room is sufficient on an average day to wash up.

Time to head out doors to hunt an animal for dinner. No drive in for me. I can make soap with the left over fat, and shoes with the skin.

Ah the simple life… Just don’t take my remote control.

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7 thoughts on “Let’s Go Back

  1. I love the touch of humour. Yes certainly, modern conveniences have their own difficulties attached to them. I did live the simple life as a child. It was iddillic, but I don’t think I could return to it as an adult.


      1. I think we only truly realise how much we rely on them once we are left without. Hopefully that will not happen all that often.


  2. I used to live between the two worlds you are talking about. My summers were spent in a rural community doing things the hard way and my winters were in the big city where appliances were normal. When my mother brought my grandmother an electric steam iron, she cried for nearly an hour, she was so happy. Myself, the only way I would go back to the old ways is if it was for a reality show and I would win a big prize.


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