One of my favorite things is for the 2-3 weeks when I have family over, usually in the summer over their breaks. Last year I had 3 of my cousin's kids staying with me for about a month while they went on a trip....it was amazing.
They live in Dallas, in a big subdivision where the houses just sprawl on forever. They have every gizmo and gaming device known to man, as my cousin is quite wealthy and spoils the hell out of them. They each have a king-sized bed (Ages 10,12,15 mind you), their own rooms, and each plays a solid 5 hours of video games a day.....and yeah, they are kinda pudgy, very little muscle tone. The oldest one had never camped or fished a day in his life. He thought my axe in the front yard was for fun, like a throwing axe, only to realize it is actually a 50lb splitting maul. He could barely lift it up. It was sad.
My place was complete shell shock for them. I have no TV, no light bulbs, and there is only enough power for internet about 6 hours a day on average. It was the dead of summer, so naturally I put them to work gardening, planting, caring for the animals, and even tried to teach one how to change a shoe on a horse without getting kicked in the head. (It failed. He freaked out the horse by being so timid, bolted right out of there)
Music is from an old turntable, or from speakers until the batteries run out.....we ate mostly turkey and tomatoes every day, because it was the nearest hunting season and my tomatoes were my only solid crop. When I showed them how I prepare rabbits I thought one of them would faint. Chicken was totally out.
We camped out over a 5-day hiking trip, took them fishing for walleye, attempted to enter us into an orienteering adventure race before realizing that they weren't really my kids Point is, we had a blast. After a week they didn't miss anything. It was amazing. Kids just take to it all. Nothing makes you believe in a more primal lifestyle as much as seeing how kids seem just hard-wired for it, like something had to come in and mess things up to make them little video game zombies.
When my cousin came to get them, his eldest son had lost 35 pounds in less than that many days. I had them walking around barefoot. They had tans. He didn't hardly recognize his own kids. He was thrilled, kept asking me what the hell I did.
Word is that this year they are going to my brother's place.....who lives in Montana.....with his closest neighbor about 6 miles away.....I can't wait for what they are like at the end of that month.
"They now look to a single and splendid government of an aristocracy, founded on banking institutions, and moneyed incorporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures, commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry." - Thomas Jefferson, 1826