Oh twinkies--do they still make those things?
And hostess ding dongs.. oatmeal creme pies.. I remember those weren't so bad.
Oh, and Imperial margarine.. yes, margarine. I didn't think people ate that stuff anymore either
And then I made a mental game of it. Is there possibly anything in this cart that I would actually eat?
Ramen noodles? probably not
Fruity pebbles? nah
boxed mashed potatoes? strange
brown gravy mix? probably has MSG and other weird stuff
canned veggies? on occasion, when nothing fresh looks good, but definitely not at this time of the year.
And the cart was bursting to overflowing with these non-food foods. And so was its driver.
The under-nourished of this age are not small, or lacking food. They are lacking in food--real food. How much non-food can a person consume anyway? And when people are poor and they need government assistance (often for good reasons) and they get help to buy food, do they really get food?
Not that I'm an expert in this. Although, sometimes I think I must be. Even though I love the taco bell drive-thru. We don't live there, you know. It's too expensive and gross.
What we had for dinner tonight: Black beans (cooked from dried in the pressure cooker) and brown rice. Topped with homemade salsa of free veggies that I got from a friend. The salsa had 100% raw veggies, and it was quite yummy. Top the pile of beans with cheese/ sour cream/ tortilla chips or just eat with a tortilla.
Nothing special, since it was what we had Monday night also. And I do not consider this radical eating. We aren't health fanatics. Or maybe I've just gotten used to it, and it doesn't seem very special to me.
But I can tell you that if I were forced to eat the food in the cart behind me, it would be very "unspecial" indeed.
And then I feel that even mentioning all this makes me look and feel a little self righteous and pug-ish. For which I apologize--especially if you are sitting there right now, wolfing down a twinkie. Just enjoy it in peace, baby. Just go right ahead. No guilt. Wash it down with a Dr. Pepper and call it a day.
yeah.. then again, most of my readers are herbal-cult leaders, so they will not be sitting there with a twinkie. They probably are finishing off the last of their tabouleh with some sparkling, organic lemon water.. yeah. me too.