Today we visited a working farm where things are done as they would have been in the 19th century. The boys were allowed to help with chores for something like five hours and they loved it. They both can be quoted as saying "I love farm chores." Kal-El said that he wishes that we lived on a 200-year-old farm so that our whole family would be at home all day working together. He says any kind of work is okay when you are doing it together with your family. I asked him if that includes shoveling feces (to unromanticize his impression of farm chores) and he said, "It wouldn't be my favorite, but I would do it." In the photo above they are fabricating a wooden peg for a wagon wheel.
Doing the laundry was one of their favorite chores of the day.
I think they have a new appreciation for keeping their clothes clean.
Me Too loved hanging the laundry. He even loved it more that I used to do this chore occasionally as a child and that my mother had a similar clothespin bag. It is sad that I don't even have a clothes line now.
Me Too winding sisal twine into rope. I have to double check, but I'm pretty sure Kal-El said that this was his favorite activity of the day.
Playing 19th-century children's games and enjoying the shade.
Grinding rye into flour. The children were given name tags with common 19th-century names on them and the story of a child by that name. Me Too was assigned "Henry."
Shaving wood into roofing shingles.
Putting on wooden shoes before entering the hen house to look for eggs. No farmer wants what's on the floor of the hen house tracked into his own house.
Me Too was very adamant that his favorite chore of the day was washing dishes.
Kal-El scrubbed and Me Too rinsed. Kal-El has been asking to take over washing the dishes at our house. Today he suggested that we discontinue using the dishwasher and do dishes like this from now on.