Welcome to the first of my Thankful Thursday series. Each week I post something for which I am thankful. Gratitude is an incredibly important aspect of living a happy and fulfilling life. It is key to success. Pollyanna was right — there is always something for which you can be thankful. Lest we forget that, every Thursday I share a post about something for which I am especially thankful.
Peanut Butter, Mmm….
Recently, A, who is barely 5 years old, asked me for a scoop of peanut butter for snack. She went and fetched a fresh jar of organic peanut butter from the pantry and brought it to me to serve up a spoonful for her. Since it had sat in our pantry for a couple of weeks, the oil had separated out and I needed to stir it back in before giving her any. She ran off to the living room to play while she waited and I began the laborious task of stirring the peanut butter.
When I was done, I called her back to get her peanut butter. She ignored me. I called a second time and she responded with, “One minute!” After several more minutes had passed, I called her a third time, and maybe even a fourth. I don’t quite remember anymore. All my calls were to no avail. Finally, I declared that the peanut butter would go back in the pantry in one minute and I set the timer on the stove. Still, A did not come get her desired peanut butter.
Dying of Starvation
The moment the timer went off, I pulled the spoon out of the jar and started cleaning it off. I heard A come running for the kitchen, and when she arrived and looked up at me with hopeful eyes, I asked if there was anything I could do for her. “Peanut butter, please!” I looked at her sadly and said that it was too late, the peanut butter had to go back in the pantry. She had her chance to come get some and she hadn’t come when I told her to.
Immediately she fell into a fit. She shrieked, she body slammed the kitchen door, then she fell to the floor under my desk and started sobbing about how she was starving. Yes, my child who had ignored my calls to come get her snack was starving to death. If you had listened to her, she would have tried to convince you that she was on death’s very door and only a spoonful of peanut butter could draw her back to the land of the living.
Why I’m thankful for this
I am very thankful that that is the closest my children have ever come to truly starving. It proves that they really have no idea what starving is, that they feel safe and secure in the idea that there will always be food. Had they ever truly been undernourished, I do not believe they would ever turn up their nose at any food. Have they missed meals? Yes, occasionally there is miscommunication and I think they are eating somewhere else, then they come home to find that there is no food left for that meal. Far more often, though, they turn up their noses at what I prepare for dinner and they end up choosing to go to bed without rather than eat chicken stir fry, fish cakes, or lasagna. Yes, I have a child who hates pasta – go figure.
I am very grateful for the cooking skills I have learned over the last 22 years of living on my own. I am thankful for food stamps that have fed my children so that they never do have to truly go hungry. I am thankful that I have a well equipped kitchen so that the only limitation on my cooking is my imagination and my skill.
How about you?
What are you thankful for today? Share in the comments so that we can all take a moment to be grateful with you.