Before refrigeration was the rule of the day, most homes had a larder. A larder was a pantry, cupboard or cellar where food was stored, most of which was canned or preserved from the fresh foods of the season. This supply held families in good stead through the fallow season which often lasted from harvest to midsummer the following year. Stocking the larder was a family affair and one that each member took seriously.
I was reminded of this concept of “stocking the larder” during one particular mediation, although not quite in such drastic terms. But the idea that there may be a fallow season, once the separation of combined incomes and assets becomes a reality, may trigger uncharacteristic behavior in someone who, under normal circumstances, would behave quite rationally.
Read the rest of Ada’s article to learn how the mediation process helped this couple discuss their financial situation rationally and work things out together.