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------------------------------------------------------------ To ensure that you continue to receive Anything Goes e-mails, please add jamie@gophercentral.com to your e-mail address book. ------------------------------------------------------------ Save 75 PERCENT MORE Space! Large, clear, re-usable storage bags you can vacuum seal by hand. http://pd.gophercentral.com/u/4090/c/186/a/25 February 18, 2011 Greetings... I read an interesting article the other day about the domestic habits of women today vs their mothers and grandmothers... While more women today are in the workforce and earning more money, according to a study, only 51 percent of today's women knew how to cook a roast while 82 percent of baby boomer females thought it was a cinch... Women today are much busier than the women of "yesteryear" and don't feel the need to use their precious time preparing things that can be easily made or picked up "to go"... Because we tend to now live in a throwaway society, mending has been replaced by replacing an item rather than fixing it or paying to have it fixed at the local dry cleaners. Time seems to be the thing that sets the tone, and the "skills" that their moms and grandmothers had/have aren't important to those who juggle jobs, families and a busy lifestyle... I don't know how you feel about this, but I can certainly understand how busy today's women are, but I also feel that a few things have been compromised because of it... So many kids are growing up without really knowing what a family dinner outside of a holiday meal is. Spending time around a dinner table was a way to discuss what was going on with everyone and talk about any and everything when I was growing up. With everyone so busy and more kids left to fend for themselves because of working parents, this is one of the things that isn't "better"... Home cooked meals also cut down on the amount of eating out or fast food pick-ups to the point it was a real treat to have food outside of the home on the rare occasions it happened. Would today's kids feel sorry for us? Doubt it, considering childhood obesity wasn't as rampant as it is now and I would bet the farm that today's kids might actually like having a home cooked meal and spend some time around a dinner table talking to each other... I'm not saying this to make anyone feel guilty, it is what it is, and a sign of the times, just another reason why I think the "good old days" beat out the new, "improved" days hands down... Women today who can afford it, have beautiful, modern, high tech kitchens that rival any magazine cover and yet seem to use it as a status symbol instead of a family necessity... I worked for years when my boys were younger and like many today, did sometimes have to settle for "quick and easy". That being said, it still wasn't an everyday thing and my boys still remember the home cooking they got and still get when they visit. Those memories can't be replaced and favored over a kid who has no idea what a pot roast is or tastes like... The women of today do have one thing over their "older" predacessors... They take out the trash, mow the lawn and wash their own cars without blinking an eye... So what do you think, much ado about nothing or just another thing to look back on and wish it was more like the "old days", even for only a few reasons? I'll be doing some "power cooking" this weekend. Flyboy's brother, wife and daughter are coming in from California for a few days. This is the first time they are coming to our house because unfortunatley, I have had to cancel a few times because of illness... Flyboy's brother is turning the big 5-0 next week and we will be celebrating it together. We always have such a good time when we get together and I'm so, so happy the two brothers were able to find each other after so many years apart... I'm still not 100%, but if I wait for that to happen, I'll miss out on too much fun! Have a great weekend everyone! :-)

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