I've been watching Frontier House on dvd. This reality series originally aired on PBS back in 2002. It follows three families, who were chosen out of thousands of applicants, to live for five months on Montana homesteads just as the homesteaders did in 1883.
When one of the women learned that she would not be able to take her makeup with her, she was actually in tears. She did toughen up over the course of the five months and I admired the grace with which she endured the ensuing hardships.
I started to wonder if there was something I just couldn't live without for five long months in a tiny cabin in a Montana valley. Â I could do without makeup easily enough. I could do without television or phones without breaking a sweat. I'm sure I'd miss my camera as I'd want to capture those beautiful Montana skies, but I could live without it. I could haul water from a stream, cook on an open fire and beat my clothes on rocks. Sure, I could make it for five months. Â Or could I? Â I realized there was something I absolutely couldn't live without.