Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Food for my babies

It was the tea time rush. Summer was crying. I pushed on with her on my hip, dishing up dinner for the four of us. I was getting flustered. 

Call it an A-HA moment, or whatever. The thought of african babies, crying in desperate hunger,  filled my mind. My heart sank with the feeling of heartache, of mothers having nothing to satisfy the hunger of their precious babies.

Everything seemed OK from that point on. I was much calmer in the knowing I had something to feed my wailing hungry baby. My stress became insignificant, at least I had food to put on our table......everything was going to be ok.



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20 comments:

  1. Sometimes a shift in perspective is all we need, sadly so many children live in hunger - something that makes no sense whatsoever to me, I will try and think of this when the dinner time madness hits xx
    Josefa from #teamIBOT

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    1. It was instant thought in the madness, it made the world of difference to the situation.

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  2. So true Alicia. So good that we live in a country where food is plentiful and health care accessible.

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  3. So true. We are lucky in that we can stress about the small details of parenthood because the big details are taken care of. A bit of perspective can certainly be handy at times.

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  4. Can't you just imagine how helpless you must feel, to not be able to provide for your babies, to watch them fail to thrive... Breaks my heart.

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    1. Breaks my heart too, I don't like to think about it all that much.

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  5. Well when you put it like that....

    We are so very blessed aren't we, and so much of it we just take for granted.

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    1. Everyday, there is so much we take for granted. Easy to forget how easy we have it :)

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  6. Sometimes we just need to stop, sit back and put everything in perspective. My heart breaks for the Mother's, cannot imagine how they must feel.

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    1. It's heart wrenching to think about.

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  7. Oh wow Alicia. That was unexpected. A good reality check though. Right when I needed it. Thanks x

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  8. Nice wake up call - thanks for sharing.

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  9. I had one of those days today, my youngest, 16 months, was lying on the floor crying after not much sleep for the day and although I had planned a big dinner, I settled for an easy quick tea for my 3 babies, and cooked it with him on my hip. The 4 of us ate before their dad got home from work at 6, but I was calm because I realised there was nothing else for me to be. Great post. Emily

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    1. Thanks Em. Made it easier when these thoughts came to into my head, realised I don't have it so bad.

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  10. Thanks Alicia. This was this sobering but so necessary. So easily we forget

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  11. The mind works in weird ways doesn't it! I think about 3rd world country children everytime my boys show their occasional ugly ungratefulness. And just today I thought it was time to teach them about those much much less fortunate then them. They may hear about it often, but its time for images, for it to all really sink in.

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    1. The images break my heart. I hope they can understand without getting upset with the images, makes it so real.

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  12. It really puts things into perspective... I often feel guilty when I throw away spoiled food. I bought some grapes that taste a bit sour.. we haven't touched them.. I must look up a recipe for a cake or slice to put them into. x Thanks for sharing this thoughtful post. It's a bit quiet at MM moments this week.. hope to link up with you next Monday x

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    1. You could put them with apples and make a chutney or something, I'm not sure :/ All our left overs go to the chooks, that get turned into eggs, or hubby polishes them off ;)

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