|How small is that grocery cart?|
I was raised on meat and potatoes and all those really interesting dishes that could only be invented by the Scottish. My dad used to drown pieces of bread in the bacon drippings, fry it up, and enjoy it with a good helping of blood pudding. My mom, with the hopes of getting my sister to eat something, would serve her a heaping plateful of fat trimmings from our pork chops....she loved it. There's nothing like a plateful of pork fat to keep a kid healthy. Better yet, when mom wasn't around to cook dinner, my dad served us his specialty of sugar sandwiches (white bread, butter, and white sugar). .....and I didn't grow up obese. Could you imagine if we found out Sally down the road was eating pig fat for dinner now???? My God, the authorities would remove her from the home and place her in foster care...it may even hit the 5:00 news.
|Remember these? I loved TV dinners.|
The promise of the (whatever that
desert-like lookin thing is) was in
your face as you worked through dinner.
Back then, this was seen as healthful eating. There were a few health food stores in our town but they sold the really weird food like tofu, dried fruit, and a ton of nuts and seeds (that only the hippies would eat). For a treat, our dad would take us to MacDonald's once every month (when you could feed a family of four for under $6). I can even remember the day he said I was old enough to have my first Big Mac...it was equal to graduating from high school or getting my drivers license. Our mother always cooked or prepared our breakfasts and dinners and sent us off to school with lunch. To this day I often crave a corned beef sandwich with butter and mustard on brown bread (do they even make corned beef anymore...and what is it anyway?). The good old days.
|I was a child of the Brady Bunch.|
To this day I still use the phrase...
"Something suddenly came up."
I can't even guess how babies born now are going to experience their childhoods. Sometimes it scares me to think about it and other times I am hopeful things will change so they, too, enjoy a childhood full of fresh air and activity. One thing is for sure, we are going to have to see a large community group come together to make change and from what I see right now....everyone is too busy to think about it.
|Don't try this at home....|
That's all I have today.