>I know its one of those things you aren’t supposed to say, but its true. I do. Because of her, I am 23 years old and cannot…
>I blame my mother.
May 8, 2010 by Blueberries For Me
make Kraft mac n cheese worth to save my life.
I also cannot make a grilled cheese sandwich.
Unfortunately, because of her, many of the quintessential JV meals I utterly fail at. And yes, it is possible to mess these up. My mac n cheese is always too watery and I consistently burn my grilled cheese.
I jest. I realize I am lucky that I grew up eating real meals and have learned (somewhat) how to cook. I still haven’t made it to my mom’s level yet, but I’m getting there slowly.
It’s amazing how many barriers there are between low-income or homeless people getting healthy meals. Things which don’t expire, are portable, and hearty don’t tend to be healthy. Things which are healthy, like fresh fruits and vegetables, require places to cook and a little know-how.
There are many ways to respond to this issue. When we donate food to food banks, we could choose items that are at least healthy versions of non-perishables. We could support local farms to insure that things like fresh fruits and vegetables will still be around. We can support health care reforms which include preventative care so more people can learn about proper nutrition.
But for me, its cooking. Cooking is what teaches me to make choices about what I do and don’t put in my body. Chopping each carrot and slicing each rhubarb stalk reminds me of the abundance of the earth. Stirring a pot of soup soothes me after a long day at work. And it reminds me to be grateful. Grateful that I have food on my plate. And grateful to have a mother that taught me how to cook.
So Mom, happy Mother’s Day!