This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest
I started prepping approximately 5 years ago when I realized our country was going downhill rapidly. I started by buying food from the Mormon food bank, hitting Sam’s, and using coupons. My children, who are married and have their own families, thought Mom was going through a “phase”.
I continued gathering food but after reading many of the survival blogs on the internet, I realized I needed to do more. What about protection, medical, gardening, and the list kept growing. I bought a 9mm pistol and learned to shoot it along with a rifle and 12 gauge shotgun. When the “boys” saw me buying guns, they became interested….in the guns that is.
Next on my list was gardening. This seemed like the next big step to being prepared. I choose the raised garden beds. This got the “girls” interested. They loved to come watch, pick, and eat but not so much put up, grow, and learn.
Since I am an ER and ICU nurse, I have essential medical training already. I knew what I wanted and needed to buy for emergencies.
I was constantly reading and sharing what I learned with my family. I bought them books to read. It had got to the point where they did not want to see me coming. One day my daughter said to me, “Mom, do you come to visit or just to remind me I’m not prepared? I don’t really know what I believe at this time but I do know I’m tired of you trying to shove it down my throat.” I was so hurt and embarrassed. I did not realize that I was being so demanding and never considered what they wanted. As much as I wanted them to be prepared, my ranting was not going to do it.
After this confrontation, I backed off. If I was shopping with them, I would make comments about good deals and putting away for a rainy day but that would be it. Then one winter, an ice storm hit the area where my daughter lived. The ice brought down the electric lines. The house they rented had a wood stove in it; one that she constantly complained about because of its location. She remembered some things I had told her, like filling the bathtub with water; go to the store ASAP to get water and food that does not need to be cooked, etc. My daughter and her husband learned a lot in those 4 days. Like how to light and keep a wood stove going, how to cook on a woodstove, how to entertain the children, and that keeping cash on hand is imperative. The Walmart opened for 6 hours the second day in but would only take cash.
This was a wakeup call for them. The realization that it does not have to be as bad as an EMP or terrorist attack to be prepared was a great learning tool. They are not preparing at the speed and depth I would like but now they do see why it’s important. They also have come around to talking and asking me more about it. I try to contain my excitement to when I am out of their sight!
I want all of my children to be better prepared but this experience made me realize they have to accept, want, and do what they think is right. I can’t force them, only encourage them.
So, be cautious with family and friends. As with anything new, go slow and allow it to sink in. Answer their questions but wait for them to ask. Sometimes the question seems like it is overly simple but to them the question is hard. When family or friends do come around, don’t scare them off. Until they realize how this will benefit them and their families, they will be very cautious. In the meantime, be patient and continue prepping.
Prizes For This Round (Ends April 12, 2016) In Our Non-Fiction Writing Contest Include…
- First place winner will receive – A gift certificate for $150 off of rifle ammo at Lucky Gunner, an Urban Survival Kit a $109 value courtesy of TEOTWAWKI supplies, a WonderMix Deluxe Kitchen Mixer a $299 value courtesy of Kodiak Health and a LifeStraw Mission Filter a $109 value courtesy of EarthEasy, and a 4″ Heavy Duty WaterBoy Well Bucket a $106 value and a WaterBoy Tripod Kit courtesy of Well WaterBoy Products for a total prize value of over $867.
- Second Place Winner will receive – 30 Day Food Storage All-in-One Pail a $119 value courtesy of Augason Farms.com and Berkey Light with 2 (9″) Berkey Earth Elements a $157 value courtesy of LPC Survival, for a total prize value of $276.
- Third place winner will receive – International MRE Meals Supply a $72.00 value, a LifeStraw Portable Water Filter a $19 value, Yoder’s Fully Cooked Canned Bacon a $15 value all courtesy of CampingSurvival and one copy of each of my books “The Prepper’s Primer” and a copy of “The Prepared Prepper’s Cookbook“ for a total prize value of $137.