|Example of a sod house|
I imagine how hard life must have been for my ancestors, settling this new land. Most everything had to be made by hand. There was no Wal-Mart to run to. In fact, to get anywhere, you had to go by wagon, hitching up the horses in preparation; there was no hopping into your car to run to Wal-Mart. Meals were made from scratch; there were no such things as pre-sliced bread or a microwave oven. Fields had to be turned with an ox or horse hooked up to a plow.
Think about it, no TV, no radio, no internet, no cell phones. Want to communicate with someone across the country quickly? In the days before telephone and telegraph, there was Pony Express. It only took 10 days. It only cost $0.25 for a 1/2 ounce. A quarter might not seem like much today, but keep in mind the average laborers' wage without board was $0.90 per day and one could buy an acre of land for between three and five dollars.
|Pony Express poster. Wonder why they preferred orphans...|
What would they think about our society? Would they see us an advanced Utopian society? Or would they see us as lazy, whiny cry babies? Would they shake their heads in disbelief at how "hard" we work? Would they be shocked at what we expect our government to do for us? Would they still see us as the land of the free and the home of the brave, or would they see us as the land of the pampered and the home of the entitled?
Just a few random thoughts to ponder...