I so loved reading this post, @Aqua_chonk !
I grew up in the era of low fat -no fat - cholesterol is bad… BUT, My mother, bless her heart, was also VERY anti-sugar. The cereals in our house were plain Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies and All-Bran. We had the option of “mixing it up” by adding some Kretschmer Wheat Germ. IF we got any kind of sweetener - it was raw honey from my uncle. We did get eggs once in a great while though. But never butter. Always margerine. ugh. From time to time, Daddy used to announce "Bread is the Staff of Life…and we’d sit and eat toast or sandwiches. He LOVED bread. My stomach hurts just thinking about it!
We were also task with a pretty hefty list of household chores, including laundry–wash, hang outside, fold, put away…, polishing shoes, lawn mowing, picking produce at local farm and processing/canning/freezing, (We got weekly room inspections too!) , in addition to all the normal stuff like washing dishes and setting the table. Never a dull moment. And that was life in the city.
Now that we live in the country, on a farm, all that kind of work just seems normal. Raised our kids that way, and now pretty much every kind of really physical chore is easy for them. Instead of cereal, though, I taught them to make eggs and toast, and how to make butter. By the time they were 8 years old, they could cook eggs and toast by themselves. (I always checked to make sure they stove got turned off—lol). They’ve become a pretty resourceful bunch. The favorite past time is stream fishing…they catch, filet and cook. Or with deer, they hunt, gut and butcher. The oldest daughter learned how to make venison jerky and summer sausage - and that’s what we get for Chistmas now. I’m SO happy for them.
Yes, they do enjoy a bit of junk food. But they (and us) find it way more satisfying to source out our food and do as much as we can from scratch.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane!