How the heck did our ancestors make it? And I am talking about this on several levels.
Let me start by asking a question. How many showers did you take on Sunday?
Yes, showers as in water coming down on top of you with soap and shampoo and such.
I took 4 showers. One in the morning, one around 11am after some grimy sweating planting and weeding, then once again in the late afternoon again after more garden work and then again once at night as it was hot and we aren't using the AC.
So how on earth did the folks a few hundred years ago deal with their own smell? I have to believe that no children were conceived during the months of June-August as I am not sure how you could get near another person when you couldn't even stand smelling yourself.
And then don't even get me started about what the women wore in those days.
Maybe the same concept of "when you are in the smell, you don't smell it" rules? Like when you go to a paper mill or a stinky farm and after an hour you don't smell it anymore? Maybe you get so used to body odor that you don't smell it anymore?
These questions have been on my mind the last few days. I'm just extremely thankful to live in an era where I CAN take 4 wonderful showers a day.