A Place at the Table: Day 14

Wednesday – I left off the chickpeas today to see if that would make a difference in my digestion. I also made two smaller bowls of rice and green beans rather than one larger one.  Over one, I poured broth. The other I sprinkled with some oyster sauce and sesame oil I found in the fridge to give it an Asian twist (I couldn’t find any soy sauce). Mid-morning I ate my pb&b sandwich per usual.

When lunchtime rolled around, I ate the “Asian” bowl of rice first. It could have used some soy sauce, but it tasted good. A couple of hours later, I got hungry again but I couldn’t stomach the thought of eating the rice with the broth. I just couldn’t do it. So, I’m thinking yesterday’s problems might have been related to the broth rather than the chickpeas.  (I also remembered that I had made Tuesday’s lunch a little more soupy, so I ate quite a bit more broth yesterday than I’d had on Monday).  Since I was hungry, I ate another peanut butter sandwich instead. So far, no issues whatsoever; but I plan to keep experimenting tomorrow just to make sure I’m not jumping to a conclusion.

Leaving that second bow of rice untouched prompted me to think about food insecurity.  I was very thankful for that loaf of bread and the jar of peanut butter in my office.  Even if I hadn’t had the option to make a sandwich, however, all I would have had to do was tough it out for a few hours until dinner. But what if I didn’t have the luxury of dinner?  What if I had spent all my money for the week on food and discovered something I bought was bad?  Or what if something spilled or I left something behind on the bus by accident?  What then? Toughing it out to the next payday would be something else entirely. There is little room for error in this minimum wage budget.

Lord, thank you for the dinner waiting for me tonight.  Continue to open my eyes that I might see  more clearly the world around me.  Amen.

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