Things Grandpa knew that most people don't today.
1. Exactly where his food came from
Even when it was purchased from the store, he could tell you the route it took to get there.
2. Every member of the family for 3 or 4 generations.
Aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. This was the original social network
3. The names of all the neighbors, including the kids, and what they did for a living.
How many of us can do that today?
4. Reaching for the toolbox instead of the credit card
I wish that I was "handy". I have tools and have even taken a few classes but I'm still pretty hopeless.
5. Walk down the road and name most of the plants and all of the trees.
No, he wasn't a botanist or naturalist. These were simply the things in his world.
6. The idea of doing without.
The year we didn't "get around to" putting enough wood up for the winter, the fires were smaller, and we used more blankets. Wood heat was the primary and sometimes only source of heat. Running out was not an option. And while we did cut some more during the winter, it was harder to cut, green, and didn't burn as well. The alternative was to make do with less and make what we had last.
7. There will always be hard times.
So you prepare when things are good.
8. The simple enjoyment of time spent with friends.
No devices, no distractions, just good company and better stories.
9. There is honor in work.
It doesn't have to be the best job. it doesn't have to be the highest paying job. It may not even pay at all. But there is honor and value in a day's labor.
10. When good-enough isn't enough.
There are plenty of times when good enough really is good enough. But there are times when it absolutely isn't. Grandpa had wisdom to know the difference.