Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hunger In America



Last week was a long anticipated four day weekend for myself as well as other people all across the country. The best perk for this time of the year are the days off in my opinion. 

I went to my parents house on Thursday for Thanksgiving and visited my boyfriends parents on Friday for another meal. At both feasts there was more than enough food. I actually took two plates home and some dessert from my parents and there was still more than enough food to feed at least 30 more people. Both gatherings had at least 30-35 people there. 

I got to thinking about how much food was left over and then I went home yesterday after work and looked in the refrigerator and there was barely anything in there to eat. My kids are very picky, which is my fault for not forcing them to eat vegetables but I didn't want to do that to them. I did not want them to hate food! My mother tells me I am running a hippy commune because everyone gets to voice their opinion and we do not squash young personalities in the hippy commune....as you can tell, she can be slightly sarcastic. 

So, I began to wonder how I was going to make it to pay-day this Friday. Once again, it amazed me how I went from two gigantic spreads of food to having barely anything in the house to eat. Now, there is food in the house, but it is stuff the kids don't want to eat like veggies and stuff like that. Nobody will starve, but the struggle is real. I racked my brain trying to figure out how to come up with enough money for gas to get to work and a little bit of food and I had a brilliant idea. I sold my old IPhone and made $40.00. The day has been saved by super mom. 

It hurts to struggle this way, it makes me feel like a bad parent. 

******Nine Meals From Anarchy written by Andrew Simms. This looks like it originally was a speech. There is a free download on the website listed below. ********
http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/nine-meals-from-anarchy