Monday, October 13, 2014


When my kids would come home from University, one of the first things they did was open the cupboards and fridge to check out what there was to eat: Sooooo much food, sooooo many options! Above is my fridge door - nary room for one more jar or bottle. This is what you call a "first world problem." And it is not uncommon. I'm sure many of us have a grandparent with a full fridge including 30 year old Miracle Whip. 

But not all of us in Canada have this problem. In fact, there are a number of fridges with nothing but ketchup, white bread and maybe some juice on empty shelves. 

At the drop-in centre I volunteer at the patrons want triple-triple coffee and hot chocolate made with 3 packets. They want the sugar rush and energy kick. We always have a snack of cookies, chips or sometimes  cheese and crackers. Occasionally we have a cake to celebrate someone's birthday. Many struggle with addictions and mental disabilities. Their fridges are usually bare and most are dependent on ODSP, the Ontario disability support program, for finances. At the beginning of the month the cheque is fresh and there is food to be had, but by the end of the month, the cheque is gone and they are hungry. 

This is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada where we celebrate our abundance. And rightly so. At my in-laws there was so much food we had no room left at the table. Everyone had more than they could possibly need to eat. The next day at my parents house was another amazing meal - except for the mushy peas (blech...)

I hope you have all had your favourites and celebrated the abundance most of us are privileged with. But, let's remember not everyone has such plenty, which is even more reason to be thankful for what you have. 

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