I did grow up with that "looking over my shoulder" syndrome. I highly suspect little Russian children did the same thing, only their nightmares had a rather red, white, and blue hue to them. The Cuban Missile Crisis had such an affect, I can remember to this day the nightmare I had during that time (and I was a rather young child!).
I also grew up with a mother who had been raised on the farm and believed in a very, very deep pantry. As did my mother-in-law. Both also having lived through the Great Depression (both of our mothers were older when we were born).
Anyhoo, all that to give some explanation of my
We live in a dangerous world and if one just opens their eyes and really pays attention, we see all kinds of reasons to stock the pantry as deeply as we can. The most common reason these days is job loss but one never knows when we will need to use the pantry.
I have mentioned my friend in New Mexico whose grocery store shelves were empty for weeks due to grocery trucks being diverted to the Katrina disaster. If nothing else, the prices are going up (a lot) and many of us have noticed grocery stores are not stocking as they once did.
Some of us (like my family) can't afford to stock up very much, anymore. Others can do what we once did and try to have a few months of our most important items put back... rotating them for freshness.
Since I've been preaching the pantry gospel for years and years now, since I have provided lots of good links for further information on the sidebar, and since I finally have room for pictures again (perhaps a back up memory card should be a priority for when my son borrows the camera)... I've decided to do something new.
I'm going to start a new series called Pantry Pic(k)s... actual photos of items I find important to keep on the shelves. These will be the items (food and nonfood) I make a priority when I have a little extra money. I thought it might prove interesting to you, at least more so than another long pondering about pantries. Although I can't promise I won't become rather prolific in words on some posts.
I'll be working on it soon, perhaps having time this evening. I must admit to moving a little slow right now. Yesterday was my three month doctor's check up and he put me back on antibiotics. This time due to a deep scratch I received in the garden last week which looks like it has become infected.... sigh. At least it was perfect timing and didn't cost me an additional doctor's appointment! :)