Hidden privileges

Back in January I observed in a post on food that I easily make 700+ meals a year for myself. That number was so daunting! I wrote that “It’s work to put together wholesome, non-toxic, nutrient-rich meals from scratch on a daily basis.”

As I was thinking about the role food and cooking occupy in my life (a big one) and how the whole business of feeding one’s self can feel like a chore, I also started to think about the people I’ve met over the years, mainly older women, who would have loved an opportunity to be back in their own kitchen cooking. These are people who can no longer cook for themselves or who no longer live in their own home, but in nursing or other elder facilities. The days of preparing a meal for themselves and others are behind them.

I thought also about how many people in the world don’t get enough food, who would find the idea of complaining about, or just feeling tired or bored of fixing meals, unfathomable.

These thoughts led me to write a little index card that I put on the refrigerator which has been there ever since.  It’s a reminder I need.

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11 thoughts on “Hidden privileges

    1. writerinsoul Post author

      I appreciate your words. And the news here in the states is so focused on Korea, everything Trump says & does, weather-related catastrophes, and celebrity, that I didn’t realize the situation in S Africa.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      I think it’s natural not to be perpetually grateful and aware. There’s something in our nature that just isn’t wired that way (not mine anyhow!). But I grow tired of my attitude; it needs an occasional kick in the pants.

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  1. Pistachios

    An excellent reminder!
    I keep telling myself I ought to run/exercise while I’m physically able to, and what you said about older people no longer being able to cook for themselves made me realise I can apply this mentality to cooking too. I think the only thing I really dislike about cooking is having to clean up afterwards…

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Exactly! I see old people all the time, or not EVEN old people, who have all kinds of limitations and I try to remind myself how good I have it in so many ways. I’m trying to take advantage of and be happy with what I have (which historically isn’t my strong suit). It absolutely applies to physical abilities & exercise too.

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