Monday, June 23, 2014

Memory Monday - Old Fashion

Some of you may think I'm crazy for this next memory I'm going to share, but I don't care. I have wonderful memories of playing old fashion when I was little and to this day, I still harbour a secret love of all things pioneer-ish. Old Fashion was played by getting dressed in old clothes, living in the school room, cooking off the wood stove, using an outhouse and overall pretending we were living back in time.

We would get our water from the barn and carry it back to the house in buckets. We would only use candles or oil lamps and we would sleep on the floor in nests of blankets.

We would cook all our meals on the wood stove that we had and wash up in an old basin with water we heated on the stove. We would use old tin plates and cups, wear old aprons and overall dive into our game of playing 'old fashion'. We would use shawls and woolen mittens and scarves to keep warm when going outside.

We would play old games that we had during our free time. But our days were definitely more full when having to do everything we needed without the help of electricity or running water.

We would get together with friends to play with us, making our "family" a bit bigger and having more hands to help. It was also more fun having them around.

We would only play for a couple of days, until we got sick of living back in time and would be ready to come back to the comforts of modern times.

I'm not quite sure how it all started, us playing old fashion, but we loved to do it. And we did it for many years before finally getting too busy with other things.

While some people may look on us as weird for doing this, I treasure these times. No one could dispute that we had vivid imaginations and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Those were good times.


Memory Monday Mini Series

Week 1: Birthdays
Week 2: Little Sisters
Week 3: Wedding Dresses
Week 4: Hard Work
Week 5: West Trip
Week 6: Christmas 
Week 7: Family Pictures
Week 8: Cottage
Week 9: Homeschooling
Week 10: Old Fashion


  1. I love this, play like this has seem to gone away with the times - what awesome memories to have!

  2. I remember ... and it was never a boring time. Your family appreciated the old .. and the new. All were willing to experience all aspects of life .... and this was wonderful!! Thanks for sharing, Jennie. Memories .. more memories!!

  3. Vicky - It does seem a thing of the past now doesn't it? Which is really too bad because it was so much fun!

    Bunny - Our family sure did love doing strange things. :)