The Prepper Letters: How to Ease Family Members into Preparedness

TPL-Ease FamilyTo: sallyjoeTX@******.com

From: julie79@*****.com

Subject: Thinking about you.


Hi Aunt Sally,

Thank you so much for the canning resources.  After reading the articles and watching the video, you are right, it doesn’t seem that hard.  I’m just going to have to get my hands dirty.  The thing keeping me from trying this though is the price of the All American pressure canner.  I’m going to save up to make sure I get a good one.  But I did buy a Ball Canning Starter Kit to leave on the kitchen counter to remind me of my goal of saving for one.

One of the last comments you wrote in your last email really hit home with me.  You said, “the crazier the world is becoming.”  You hit the nail on the head with that one!  To be honest Aunt Sally, I’m concerned.  There are so many things bad in the world that it’s hard to think about a future where Scott and I would want to raise kids.

Scott has become more concerned with our finances.  Don’t get me wrong, things are good.  We want for nothing right now.  But Scott stresses over finances.  He often talks about the state of the economy and rattles off statistics that I don’t really pay attention to.  But I know it bothers him.  And then at work there is a guy that is always talking about conspiracies and stuff.  Some people think he is a kook, but he talks about it with such passion.  He says that he doesn’t trust regular news and instead reads alternative news sources.  I know that when I watch the news, all I hear about is bad stuff.  I remember when the news used to have feel-good stories towards the end of the newscast.  I don’t see any of those anymore.

I’m probably over reacting and a bit paranoid.  I’m sure it has always been crazy, I just didn’t notice because I was in my own little world.  Now, I’m supposed to be responsible! HAHA  Don’t tell my parents!




To:  julie79@*****.com

From: sallyjoeTX@******.com

Subject: Thinking about you.



I love the idea of putting the Ball Canning Stater Kit on your counter to remind you of your goal!  I know you will reach it!

On your other topic, I don’t think you are paranoid, I think you are on to something.  You are right, there has always been bad in the world.  And I too remember the feel good features towards the end of the nightly newscasts.  But we are living in very curious times. And, I think Scott is right to be a little concerned about the economy.

Both of you are heading in the same direction, you just don’t realize it.  Scott is concerned over the economy and your finances and what that might mean for your future.  You are concerned about all the bad stuff you hear going on around you and in the world and what that means for the future of your family.  You are both headed in the same direction and you don’t realize it…fear.

I don’t believe things are going to get better anytime soon.  So as things get worse, your fear will get worse too!  Unless you mitigate your fear by putting things in place so the things you fear don’t hold so much power over you.

I found this great Open Letter to Family and Friends that I thought about sending out to everyone, but I kind of held off.  But, I think it might help you right now.  You can read it here.

Let me know what you think!

I love you.

Aunt Sally


About: The Prepper Letters is a series of letters (emails) that are sent between Aunt Sally and Julie. The emails discuss matters of preparedness.  To read past letters, click here.

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