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I remember the six-gallon buckets of wheat in my grandma’s basement

I remember the six-gallon buckets of wheat in my grandma’s basement

I remember the six-gallon buckets of wheat in my grandma’s basement. I remember the rows of shiny silver cans of potato pearls in our pantry. Growing up in an LDS family, food storage was an intrinsic thread woven into childhood memories.

As I grew older I began to wonder if those heavy buckets of wheat served any real purpose. While in my preteen years I discovered that one of our LDS neighbors considered his well equipped basement arsenal to be a fundamental part of his family’s emergency preparedness. It got me thinking about our potato pearls and powdered milk. Were we crazy for hording massive amounts of food? Was my family among the fanatics in the world, preparing for some imaginary Armageddon?

With more children than the Brady Bunch and my dad working in an unstable industry, our efforts at keeping a year’s supply of food in our home were both practical and necessary. But on top of that practicality was my dad’s unwavering faith in both modern day revelations and the Boy Scout motto. Years later, with most of their kids out of the house, a steady income, and plenty in savings, my parents still keep up their efforts. I smile when I see the rows of potato pearls, canned fruit, beans, and grains shining on the shelves of the pantry.

In today’s plummeting economy, the scout motto to simply, “Be Prepared,” speaks loudly and with urgency. With unemployment approaching the double digits across the nation, spending less on groceries is a huge blessing for many families who have made ready for hard times before the hard times hit.

Even before the current economic crisis, a plethora of headlining natural disasters has brought emergency preparedness to the forefront of people’s minds. Hurricane Katrina victims went for days without food and some actually died of thirst. Though we expect help from our government in times of crisis, personally, I hope my life never depends on it. Whether it be unemployment, a massive earthquake, or any number of situations that could cause flooding, power outages, polluted water, or fire our church leaders advise us to think ahead.

My six-month supply of canned tomatoes, my case of bottled water, and my flashlights are a meager beginning. My past excuses of a small apartment or a small income fail to give me any comfort when I think of my toddler going hungry or even just try to imagine a few days without running water.

As I munch on a dehydrated apple slice taken directly out of a #10 I realize how blessed I am to have the guidance of prudent parents, grandparents, and church leaders. As my collection of shiny cans grows, I hope they will continue to be eaten while enjoying electricity and bounty but if they are needed in more dire circumstances I’ll just be glad that they’re there. I know that God helps those who help themselves. I do not live in fear of the future but I look ahead with a wary eye.


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