Maybe straddling the centuries is a better way to describe it. Little House on the Prairie is closer to their lifestyle than that of many of us who live in rural areas. At the time of our conversation, her husband and two teenaged children lived in rural Wyoming, near Casper Mountain and had downsized to few modern conveniences.
They’ve had a keen interest in living as healthfully as possible. Gardening organically has been an essential part of their lives. One of the ways they’ve preserve food is by lacto fermentation.
Chemical sensitivities forced Rebecca and her family into a lifestyle that caused them to live with technology from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The toxic load of everyday living, which most of us take for granted, drove them to choose a better way for their own survival.
They have heated with wood and don’t pay monthly natural gas bills. They’ve had no TV set and don’t subscribe to the local newspaper. Modern popular culture doesn’t draw them in.
Like many preppers, Heins home schooled their children for various reasons. One reason was the love of music and its place in their family. Becky’s a professional musician.
They’re certainly not backward thinking or ignorant. Becky’s book, A Case of Brilliance, gives the account of the family’s journey of discovering giftedness.
Many families would give anything to have the kind of family comradery the Heins have. For example, they practiced telling round robin stories together around the table. They also read books out loud to one another. Do you know any other families reading Charles Dickens together? Who reads books these days, let alone as a family?
There’s more to our chat than I can share here. If you’d like to hear the interview with Rebecca Hein on DestinySurvival Radio for May 5, 2011, be advised that the original show link no longer works. Please contact me and I can arrange to provide you with the MP3 file.