GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I had it coming, really. Walking around so smug all those years. Thinking I was oh-so-healthy and maybe even mentally scolding some of my Peeps for their greasy, simple-carb-filled, sugar-laden choices a little bit from time to time.
Yep, there I was all self-righteous about my plant-based consumption patterns; so pompous about my wholesome, vegetal (yeah, it's a word) eating habits. Thought I was some super-cool green-grubbing guru, didn't I? That my #1 chosen food was above-it-all; untouchable by calamities such as unfavorable supply/demand dictates. After all, who the heck eats as much iceberg lettuce as pk? No one.
Seriously, ask my fam. Nobody likes it to the point that I do; even your average vegan doesn't consume the amount of iceberg I do, trust me on this. Which is why I long held certain beliefs about iceberg lettuce, a/k/a Patty's top meal, snack and food source, such as:
"My well will never run dry...it's the least desired food on planet earth."
"Even the green leafy community considers it an underachiever for not providing enough vitamins and nutrients...I'm golden."
"Heck, the only industry threatened by the sale of iceberg is, possibly, bottled water."
"It's never going to be on any endangered or rationed list. Like ever."
And that's when it happened, my friends. BAM! The dreaded lettuce shortage of 2017. Suddenly, it was harder to find a head of iceberg at the market than to spot a Kardashian at a Trump rally, yo. And when you finally located a head; it was this size of a quarter. And it cost about 20 of 'em.
Serves me right, alright. Anyway, here's what the great lettuce famine of '17 reminded me about life:
-Don't take ANYTHING for granted; or more importantly, anyone. Even the "old reliables" could be gone faster than you think.
-You and your holier-than-thou attitude aren't all that; get over yourself.
-Spread your wings a little; too much of even a good thing is sometimes, well, just too much. Moderation, moderation, moderation.
-Life's short; take a vacation day, splurge on the good seats and/or eat a carb once in a while.
-If a lettuce shortage or (fill in the blank with about 85% of the things we complain about daily) is the biggest problem I have, life is pretty darn awesome.
-No matter what, life is pretty darn awesome.
Ps 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19- R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you. Give thanks to the LORD on the harp; with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises. Sing to him a new song; pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness. The LORD brings to nought the plans of nations; he foils the designs of peoples. But the plan of the LORD stands forever; the design of his heart, through all generations. But see, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness, To deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine. Alleluia Mk 1:15- The Kingdom of God is at hand: repent and believe in the Gospel. PHOTO COURTESY: