taken for granted

by z.lynn

i’m a part of the “joy of luck” series by willette designs and our first hw assignment was to document:

“What inanimate object/thing/concept is something that you take for granted on a daily basis?  What would someone who is not as fortunate as you are say about your “luck” to have such a thing in  your life?  Think about your blessings today – (don’t focus on people for this one…that will come later)…focus on opportunity/experience/something you have/do EVERYDAY that is an unforeseen blessing in your life”

my object is food. i’m fairly frugal with my money and scrimp and save wherever i can, but still find myself with excess and waste sometimes. it pained me yesterday (when i couldn’t come up with dinner), to throw away a pack of chicken that cost me $5, because it had sat in the bottom of my fridge thawn-out (is that a real word??) for a few days. the chicken went bad. it made me think of people that aren’t as fortunate as i to have the access and ability to purchase food whenever necessary.

when i was younger, my father was in a bad accident and couldn’t work for a few years. the household management fell on my mother’s shoulders and she did the best she could to provide and make sure that we had food to eat. our pantry and fridge looked nothing at all like this. i remember plenty dinners of just beans/peas and rice or some gravy mixture and cornbread. but, none of us went hungry. she made whatever she had work.

when i think back to those times, i am often saddened, thinking how could we ever have gotten by. but we did and none of us suffered. in this day and age, our minds are inundated with all kinds of images of stuff we don’t need but can have if we only want it. it is common for us to get more when we don’t need it. especially, when it comes to food.

this assignment has reminded me to KISS (keep it simple, silly!)


taken for granted





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