The other day a friend of mine at work and I were discussing my recent foray into this desire to cook pastrami from scratch. The discussion went from there into what he and I could, and couldn’t cook and the concession was most people are only able to cook from boxes or pre-made meals. Confirmed by a third co-worker who told us of a recent story to put water on to boil.
The conversation branched off from there, and it was decided it wasn’t anyone’s fault for not knowing how to cook, rather a product of the times. As a society we’ve become lazy. We’re used to having stuff fast and easy, and usually delivered to us. Sure this has to do with how we were raised and grew up, and to some degree, what we’re interested in. Me, I’m interested in food. So naturally I enjoy cooking. But there are other domestic skills that I really lack, which is kind of what our conversation concluded with. While my two co-workers may not have a knack for cooking, they are able to fix mechanical stuff easier then I could, or fix computers in their sleep.
Computers are to new, so I won’t mention them again. Instead, lets take a look at a few old school domestic skills that kids today are likely to forget past home-ec class. There are four basic and key domestic skills, people lack now days, myself included in this. Cooking, sewing, gardening and home repairs.
I grew up being encouraged to cook, sew, garden and build stuff, however that doesn’t really mean all of those things interested me beyond my adolescents. In fact, I’m learning more about home repair now that I own a home then I ever did before. Or I should say, put into practice. I would like to garden now that I do own a home, but really I don’t have the time to dedicate to it. Sewing I have really no interest in, and is probably the least favorite thing on this list. And well, cooking, we all know how that turns out around my house. Hmmm… Peanut Pork Tenderloin. Nom, nom!
So what happened? How did I go from being given the chance to have these skills and practicing them, to growing up and saying, the hell with them? I don’t think there’s really no single point to which I can say, “yes, that’s when I stopped developing those skills.” Because really, there wasn’t a point like that. If I had to contribute it to anything, it’d be pure laziness. As I said already, I don’t have time to garden. Home repairs is easier, when you can just hire someone to come fix things. Sewing, forget it, I’ll go buy new cloths. Hell, even cooking has been outsourced to the local restaurants. We live in such a fast paced environment, that it really has taken away a lot of this skills. Its become work, sleep, soccer, (or whatever spots), work, sleep, taking care of pets, work, sleep, running errands, work. You get my point. Is part of this my fault? Could I make time for these things? Absolutely. Do I? Unless its food, probably not. Sure gardening can lead to food, but of all those skills I mentioned, gardening does take the most time out of ones life. It is a lot of work.
I know, I know, “Excuses, excuses.” But hey, this is 2012, the decade of out sourcing. Maybe I’ll farm that off to Zynga. Where my garden is growing like crazy.