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I consider myself blessed currently. I look in my fridge and I see a myriad of items, fresh broccoli, asparagus, an entire frozen chicken just waiting to be roasted, a wheel of cheese given to us from a friend. In short, we are lucky and blessed.

But it wasn't always this way for me, and this past Saturday after watching the documentary on Food Network I felt shamed for forgetting this fact.

Join me below for the self flogging.

I had a pretty happy childhood. Two parents who loved me and cared for me. They did everything they could to give me what I needed. It wasn't always the best of everything, but they gave me what they could, and I am appreciate of it.

That said however, I do remember periods of my childhood of going to school hungry. Sitting in class looking at the clock just waiting for lunch period to come.

I remember my mother working at Kentucky Fried Chicken as a shift manager...and eating left over chicken and slaw for 5 days straight.

I remember being a latch key kid, dad out of town, mom working, and me going to a neighbors house so I could get a can opener to eat some tuna I found hidden behind clutter in the pantry.

Those periods in my life didn't last forever. My father finally found work that paid moderately well and again I remember us having a Sunday roast again.

I'm writing this not really for anyone else, just more of a self reminder that hunger is real and painful. It can affect any single one of us, however, it is something that all of us can change and that includes myself.

I should feel shame that in a nation so plentiful that while one person like myself will sit at home tonight eating ground turkey burgers with fresh produce, a child will go without food and worry what they will have for breakfast tomorrow.

We should feel nothing but shame that this occurs.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:34:16 AM PDT

  •  That's the genius of the evil insanity that is the (7+ / 0-)

    GOP. They've convinced their followers that if anyone is hungry, it's their own damned fault for not working, so they don't have to have compassion for the poor in this country, including poor children.

    So they can support starving their fellow Americans by cutting food stamps and feel incredibly happy about it. Besides, those "food stamp recipients" don't buy foods they approve of, occasionally getting actual treats (gasp! Poor kids should never get treats!) and "bad food" (whatever they define it as).

    •  Treats... (6+ / 0-)

      I don't know how many times in the past months I've said "Not this week, maybe when the food stamps come in" to something special my kids have asked for, be it fruit, yogurt, or string cheese, or a small bag of "cheezy poofs". Kids deserve treats. Mine have learned to be patient and wait for theirs.
      Maybe if those people who judge what we buy had learned to wait and be patient for their own they wouldn't feel so bad about children getting 'treats' they probably eat on a daily basis, or at least whenever the craving hits them.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 08:07:50 AM PDT

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      •  So true. (5+ / 0-)

        I've lived for weeks on bread and eggs that our local food pantry gave out in the past. After that, everything looks like a treat, I guarantee you.

        •  True, that last week when you're out (2+ / 0-)
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          and you're down to what didn't look good the weekl before can be tough, even tougher if you're really out and down to bare minimum of everything. Right now the stamps are here but our ride to the store fell through so we're short on things for lunches. We used the last of the cheese for grilled cheese today. Hopefully Caedy will get the text message before she hits the bus for home and can pick up more of what we need. We have meals we have dinners and some stuff for breakfast, but we don't have the between things atm. And I'm coming off a high dose of predinsone again, which means I'm hungry almost constantly. Probably better we have less snack food in the house though LOL.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 08:54:26 AM PDT

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  •  I don't see it as self-flogging. (4+ / 0-)
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    The Nose, worldlotus, Smoh, Wee Mama

    It's an awareness that you live in a community where we should have a shared sense of purpose.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

  •  My husband left (to move in with his secretary... (4+ / 0-)

    agonizingly trite) when our children were 3, 4, and 6.  We were wealthy before this time and I unthinkingly bought anything I wanted for my children.  After the disaster, I had to learn how to economize...we were never hungry, but life changed significantly.  The kids no longer got everything they wanted.  It is the best thing that ever happened to all of us.  Now grown up, all of them tend to get high end products, but they wait for them and work with the knowledge that they have a specific goal.  It's not about the accumulation of wealth.  I am glad for this.

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 08:53:51 AM PDT

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