My youngest son was home from college for spring break a few weeks ago. Usually, when I’m expecting him home, I make a shopping trip to fill my refrigerator, and nearby pantry to their absolute, maximum capacity. Have you ever heard the proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child?” Well, I think it should say it takes a village, to “feed” a child. If you’ve raised children; you already know how expensive it is to fulfill all their unique and substantial dietary needs. Making my grocery list before my son’s visit, I paused to reminisce about what it was like to raise two extremely hungry boys. I then thought about how things have changed over the past few years. With my oldest out on his own, and the youngest in his final year of college; my food budget has been virtually sliced in half, and my vacation stash, has practically doubled.
To think that just a few years ago, due to my wife working long hours as a nurse practitioner in a hospital; I was doing most of the grocery shopping. To be honest – shopping is a tough job. I give a lot of credit to women or men, who balance careers, take care of homes, and raise children. I took grocery shopping seriously. I would clip coupons, look for specials at the supermarket, plan filling and nutritious meals, and do my best to keep the refrigerator full of an assortment of meats, cheeses, eggs, yogurts, and fruits and vegetables. My pantry would also be stocked with dry goods, assorted cans of soup, and basics such as sugar and flour. In my fervor to provide a balanced and healthy, but economical diet for our family, I overlooked one small problem. It seemed that I had piranhas in my pantry. Continue reading