I don’t think about food often. When I do, I’m thinking about what to feed my family. I dread meal planning and grocery-list-making. I’m not very good at it. When I think about food, it’s rarely because I’m feeling hungry.
As I drove home from Target today, I passed a man on the corner holding a sign that read, “Just Hungry.”
So I thought about food. I thought about how most of us have so much food that we take pictures of it. We construct grand presentations of it to impress our friends at parties. We create cute little food creatures to entertain our children and hope it “convinces” them to eat their veggies.
Most of us have food we have forgotten we purchased just sitting in our pantries. Most of us walk out of the grocery store on a regular basis with a cart filled with things to eat – some healthy, some not so much. Most of us never go to bed hungry. Most of us. But not all of us.
Some of our fellow humans stand on the corner with a sign that reads, “Just Hungry” while other of us drive past, not sure what we can do about his hunger, but thankful it’s not us standing there.
Today, I am thankful that I’ve never needed to stand on the corner with a sign declaring my hunger. I am thankful that today I have more food in my pantry than I can remember. I am thankful, that even when times were tight growing up, I’ve never gone to bed hungry.
And I’m thankful that when I think about food, it’s rarely because I’m feeling hungry.