I'm happy to report we got through the weekend. Saturday was long... we walked our kids from where we live in Southeast Washington, DC to Chinatown in Northwest so we could take them to the movies (which, as many of you have rightly pointed out, would not be an option if we were carrying this challenge to all the other expenses in our lives. Still, it was hard hearing everyone around us munch the buttery smelling popcorn). The walk there and home was long and tiring on limited food. And as we passed by the sidewalk cafes, we noticed with fresh eyes people leaving half their food on their plates. As we passed people walking the streets, waiting at bus stops--I thought considered: could they be one of the millions living on a $3 a day for food? After the movie, we walked around a book store and I poured plastic cups of water from the pitcher in the cafe for Jim and myself.
As I've said previously, I work for a nonprofit that focuses on cancer prevention. Maybe that's part of the reason why I think it's important to provide people who need a hand up with enough food. I'm very practical. I believe that if we as a society don't invest adequate resources to prevent hunger, we'll end up paying those costs on the flip side when illnesses occur. And I think there is a prevention piece in terms of societal stress as well. People unable to meet their basic hunger needs can become desperate and angry, resulting in acts of desperation that effect us all. So even if one doesn't support adequate food allowances because it's the right thing to do, perhaps they might agree it is the smart thing to do.
I do look forward tomorrow when we return to a life with more freedom and choice with respect to our eating. But I believe what I have learned and felt is part of me now and I will be more mindful of how I eat and grateful for what we have.