Last week my husband challenged me to start a fire with anything I could find in the yard. Well folks, it wasn’t as easy as it sounded or I thought it would be to start a fire.
We all watch these programs on TV were they are out in the woods on a survival program and have to start a fire. Sitting in your house watching them working and working to start a fire I am thinking to myself how stupid some of them are, because they can’t get a spark or find the materials needed.
Well let me tell you I don’t make fun of them anymore. Being challenged as I was, I went out in the yard looking for dry wood and any dry grass I could find and set out to start a fire. All he gave me was a Swedes fire steel and nothing else, I put the grass in a little round bowl like form and put my fire steel next to the grass and started scraping away on it to get a spark, nothing happened. I kept trying and trying until I got fed up.
I finally went in the house and cut some jute from a roll, separated it so it looked like a birds nest. Then I put it next to the dry grass and I only had to strike the fire steel twice and it caught right away. But of course, I cheated using the jute string to start the fire. So what would I have done out in the woods or on survival program? Of course the out come would have been no fire of course, unless I practiced more with what I could find or took with me some items to help start a fire. (ie. jute, matches, Vaseline soaked cotton balls, etc).
So don’t say oh, I can do that or that looks easy, anybody can do that. Well my words came back to haunt me and I now know that I need to practice a lot more and not count on my husband always being around to help me. My next test is starting a fire in bad weather. Since I will be doing a lot of practicing from now until then, I will let you know how I do this fall.
SOOOO what is the word we need to remember: PRACTICE AND PRACTICE
I have been trying to tell her for some time she needed to practice and not just assume she could do it.