“Backwards” Behavior the wave of the Future

March 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm (The Serious Stuff)

I started this ona local forum, and will finish it later, but suffice it to start with – if it is backwards for me to know how to sew on a button, bake a cake from scratch, hand the laundry out on the line, then I need to become more backwards in order to to stay human.

Where this started – a post of mine on a local forum, in response to a man who thinks our small mountain towns should reflect major cities. Who thinks that those of us up here, opposing a new rec district for the fourth time (yes, I said fourth!) are “backwards”.

Backward behavior is the wave of the future – pay attention to it. Society is trending back toward the life our grandparents and great grands lived in the 1920s and 30s – more of your neighbors wll be owning chickens and small livestock, especially if their property is zoned agricultural. More will be gardening, and handcrafting – knitting, weaving, spinning, crochet are all on the rise. Go ask them at Knit Knook how their business is increasing, ask Rivendale Farms how her alpaca yarns are more in demand than ever. People are going to relearn how to build their own decks and sheds, fix their own cars, buy a quality item that will last for years, even decades, rather than Aeopostale goods that last less than four months.

Talk to local craftsmen – the blacksmiths, the potters, seamstresses, hell even milliners like me – business is picking up because people want quality handmade items made right here rather than cheap chinese crap that breaks or wears out in weeks or days even.

Go to the farmer’s markets around here this summer – you’re going to see just how busy they are as more people can their own veggies, freeze them, make their own soaps. Now is the time to have a craft store up here, a fabric store, even sewing machine repair.

Backwards behavior is the new future. Just check the social media – it’s all over the place. The lifestyle of the 80s and 90s is gone, and likely going to take just as long to return.

Beware – the neighbors are going to be hanging their laundry out too!

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