This post is part of my series, “Kickin’ It Old Skool: Why and How We Are Old-Fashioned” or KIOS for short. If you’re new to the series, please read my disclaimer before continuing on. I’m keeping a table of contents to this series here so you can see what I’ve already written about and what more there is to come.
Four years ago, I read the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. When I finished the book, I put it down, looked at Nik, and said:
“Nik, we’re not buying a tomato in the winter ever again.”
To his credit, he didn’t get angry or say I was crazy. He just said, “OK?” and waited for an explanation.
Having just read an amazing, life-changing book, I really struggled to put into words what I was feeling.
It basically came down to wanting to be connected to what we ate in a responsible, ethical manner; wanting to know where my food came from; wanting to appreciate the changing of the seasons with the changes on our plate; wanting to honor God with what we ate as well as what we did.
And so, since January (maybe February?) of 2008, we haven’t bought a tomato in the winter. We haven’t bought much fresh food at all in the winter since then.
But this series isn’t just about eating. I know that many of my friends and family have been asking me to write about the whys and hows of the way we eat. So I’m going to tackle that first.
This series is also about how that simple sentence about a tomato has changed Nik and I in many other ways as well.
We don’t watch TV. We don’t even use the Internet on Sundays (well, most Sundays unless we really need it or if there’s a big tennis tournament).
We clean with vinegar and baking soda. That’s it. Nothing else.
We bed-share with Ellie. We’re planning on letting her nurse for a good long time. We delivered in a birth center without pain medication. We have very few toys and none that use batteries. We might even unschool her (at least when she’s younger.)
We prefer local and handmade to retail and industrial.
Some might say we’re weird. Some might call us old-fashioned. Some might think we’ve gone off the deep end.
But then again, some might say what we’re doing is pretty cool. DIY is the hip, new thing right? Some might say that they wish they could do what we do.
I might agree with all of the above.
We certainly don’t have everything figured out and there’s lots more I’d like to learn. You’re welcome to join me as I write about what we’ve learned, what we do, and why we do it.