A story about responsibility, morality and what is required of us:
Once upon a time, a woman took a bite, a parent fed a child, a man thought about food, a girl saved some seeds, a child handed a bag to a homeless man, a woman told a story, a parent fought for their child and changed the world.
A woman took a bite of her world. She knew what she was eating and where she had gotten it. She knew who had grown it and how. The woman knew she was ingesting the power of the sun and the labor of a farmer and she was grateful.
A parent fed a child health. He knew it mattered what he put in the little girl because it would become part of the child. The food would be what the body had available to fuel it and make more cells for growing and learning.
A man thought about food and realized he knew little so he sought knowledge. He learned about all the implications of his decisions and he changed the way he bought food. And the man was then able to really think about food.
A girl saved some seeds from a plant in her grandmother’s garden. Her family didn’t garden but she wanted to plant them to remember her grandmother. The small act was profound, for her memories, the variety she saved from extinction and her new-found love of growing food.
A child handed a bag to a homeless man outside the library. Inside, instead of food that would make him ill, was food the child’s own mother would feed him, food that would nourish. In doing so, the boy did more than nourish the man’s body, he showed the man the same respect and care the boy’s mother showed him.
A woman told a story. She shared her experiences growing food. She told what others didn’t understand and people listened and learned.
A parent fought for their child who had food allergies.
A parent fought for their child who had been taken as slave labor to a fishing boat.
A parent fought for their child who didn’t have enough to eat.
And they changed the world.
The world, all of us, are hurting. There has never been a time that wasn’t the case. The difference now is information. We have more access to more information than ever before.
~We are responsible for the consequences of our decisions whether or not we are aware of them. Ignorance does not provide exemption.~
Eating with the fullest pleasure – pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance – is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living in a mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.-Wendell Berry
Happy eating, Katy