Dr. Wayne Baker welcomes guest columnist Kathy Macdonald, head of the Macdonald Group and an expert in helping businesses shift direction to adapt to our ever-changing culture. This week, Kathy writes about the role of food in defining our lives—and our communities. This is her first column …
My mother had seven meals—one for each day of the week. By the time I was born, I suspect she had mastered all seven. I can remember what we had for each night of the week. It seldom varied. I can’t blame her. She grew in the depths of the Great Depression when just getting by was a culinary art.
Every Sunday it was roast beef put into the oven with potatoes before we headed off to church. Monday there were leftovers from Sunday (groan). Tuesday was my mother’s version of spaghetti without any hint of Italian seasonings. Wednesday meant chicken, which was her favorite. Thursday brought the dreaded salmon patties. Friday gave us Cornish pasties and Saturday was reserved for hamburgers. And so another week would begin.
Right now, a billion men, women and children around the world are in the fasting month of Ramadan, which really is more like a month-long Muslim Thanksgiving. Every night after dark, families gather to break the fast, give thanks and eat their favorite family meals. Got a Muslim friend or colleague? Ask them to describe their favorite family meal this month.
This summer, we Americans are thinking about food more than we normally do. Headlines about the drought warn us that our grocery prices will rise soon. For those already struggling that is not good news.
What does it really mean when two billion Christians around the world pray regularly for “Our Daily Bread?”
So, what’s the vivid image that phrase pops into your mind?
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What foods make you long for your family?
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Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an experiment in civil dialogue about American values.