I started blogging in the year 2001. Yeah, that was a long time ago. I was in my third year of college, and one of my apartment-mates had a blog. I thought I should jump on the bandwagon, especially considering the insane dynamics in our apartment of 6 women. What did I learn that year? That I was crazy for living in an apartment with 5 other individuals...and I liked my privacy :-)
9/11 happened during my first few weeks of junior year. It was completely surreal. Two of the women I lived with had family in NYC, and a third had a father who was a pilot and regularly traveled one of the routes one of the planes had been on. Luckily, all of the family was found to be safe and sound. We were glued to our little TV watching news constantly. It was jarring. Being in college you are in such a fish bowl, it doesn't matter how big a school you go to. It woke me up. I started to think about how fragile our society really was.
What does any of that have to do with my green journey? Well, it got me thinking about my life and how I was so reliant on everyone else. During the second semester of that year, I learned about a new show that would be airing on PBS called Frontier House. I have written about my love affair with Frontier House before, but I will reiterate it here. I watch it just about every year, and every time I watch it, it renews my desire for self-sufficiency.
It was during a time when reality television was still relatively new (except for the Real World and Road Rules, which no one ever seemed to mention). It was captivating. What an amazing premise. Take three 21st century families and put them back in the 19th century. The show was really entertaining. Obviously the dynamics of the three families interacting was the biggest draw, but to see the families working hard to provide for themselves was encouraging.
At this point I had no knowledge of "green." I'm not even sure that was a well-used term at that point. I knew nothing of GMO's or pesticides. I honestly thought that all food was grown the way my mother gardened when I was younger, just on a much larger scale. And really, I didn't think about the source of my food at all.
Before 9/11 I had no thoughts about not having what I needed, but after 9/11 everyone seemed to think more about their place in the world. Then when I watched Frontier House, it made me wonder how much I would be able to do on my own, or in a small community setting.