Thursday, January 8, 2009

Temptation and Redemption

Even in a few short days, a guy could get feeling kind of hungry. My 78 year-old Mom lives with us. We are not making her do the Eat Local project. At the same time, she is unable to care for herself and get her own food. Well, the other day, after she was done eating, this whole piece of toast, and the nibblet, were sitting on the counter. Boy was I drawn to them. I lusted for them a little. But, I stood my ground and stuck to my principles. Not a close call, but an interesting experience and a sign of challenges yet to come.

I don't know if it is real redemption, and since I hadn't fallen, maybe it doesn't really matter, but I went out into my gorgeous vegetable garden and picked this spectacular head of red lettuce. Again, maybe not redemption, but clearly uplifting. I definitely need to do more of this to keep me from the possibilities of the toast; which by the way, I guess I didn't mention, is NOT local.

You may have noticed that this is a daily blog that may happen every other day. Doin' my best. So much to do! Happily!


Jovi said...

so is it better to waste non-local food than to eat it? not being snarky, just wondering.

Kristofer Young, DC said...

I don't even know what "snarky" is, so you don't have to worry.

No, it is better to feed non-local food to non-core locavores.

Jovi said...

yeah, but who's gonna come pick up your leftover toast? the carbon footprint for that food is DONE- pretty well maxed out since it's been produced, transported, bought and cooked. for some things i think just eating them yourself makes more sense.

Kristofer Young, DC said...

We can have our cake and eat it too. My mom is not core, so she is eating the unlocal stuff.

Another thing to keep in mind, is that if one just strolled around in middle-class and above circles, one would find lots of leftovers, and could eat them. While, I believe, we have OK'd the eating of food that was headed for the trash, or had already been deposited there (for the divers among us), I am doing my best to offer it to the non-core among us.