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I walked out of the grocery store with my cart full of groceries and this is the sky that greeted me, In that instant I was grateful for so much. | by lydiafairy
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I walked out of the grocery store with my cart full of groceries and this is the sky that greeted me, In that instant I was grateful for so much.

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seriously. I literally gasped when I saw it. I was so grateful for the fact my husband and I could afford to buy good food, and enough for a whole week of healthy hearty filling hand made meals. My grocery list is divided into two columns. One side is grocery items, like cans and cereal, and noodles, and cheese (always cheese). The other side is produce. They are almost always equal in length. We make a meal plan for the whole week, buy what we need, and waste very little.

It feels so good to be able to buy good food. When I was a kid I knew what it felt like to go without a meal, or two. I knew hunger well. As a young adult I knew hunger in a different way. I ate mostly top ramen, macaroni and cheese (never kraft, always store brand), and if we were really well off we could buy hamburger helper (if that 5 pound tube of ground beef was on sale). I went years without eating anything fresh (unless you count the salads at burger king, I worked there and trust me, they are not that fresh). It was not until about 4 years ago that we were able to afford good food. We rarely go out to eat, maybe once a month if even that.

I am SO grateful for good food. I know SO many people who now know how it feels to struggle like I did most of my life. I was used to it, I was a kid, it was what I knew. But these folks have always been okay financially. Always able to buy what they needed. This is new for them.

Dont judge them if the drive nice cars, wear nice clothes, good shoes and diamond rings, nice houses and fancy electronics. 6 months ago (or more) before they were laid off they could afford it. If you judge them for having a starbucks drink in hand, think back on how many starbucks gift cards you have recieved. I have had SO many gifted to me. It is an office gift favorite. A perfect stocking stuffer for someone you dont know that well. etc.

I am just saying, open up your mind and heart and dont judge those folks who pull up to the unemployment office or the food bank. these are your neighbors and former co-workers.

Find a local food bank and donate if you can. this time of year is especially hard. If you need a little help yourself, find a local food bank. There is no shame in asking for help. I know how hard it is to go without a few meals. Along with the food you also recieve a big helping of kindness from your community who cares enough to donate a few dollars so that people dont have to skip a meal. :)

I am grateful. Overwhelmingly grateful.

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Taken on October 23, 2011