52 Weeks of Thankfulness: Week 9, Accepting My Bowl of Rice

A beautiful thankful post about recognizing the good in your cultural heritage.

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Cheers to another “52 Weeks of Thankfulness” atHaddon’s MusingsThis week I’m paying tribute to simple bowls of rice. While it’s a basic staple in many diets throughout the world, I must admit these days it represents more than food for me. I’m ashamed to admit as a young child I despised rice. Growing up Asain-American, my mom always served it, typically with a boiled egg and long green beans–nothing I mean nothing, could have left me more unsatisfied. 

rice-1451575_1920I did not understand food was different around the world, that in fact, my mother’s food was natural and a lot healthier than the prepackaged food I longed for.  It was during school lunches that I enjoyed the simple American fare. It consisted of the four basic food groups my teachers encouraged, and I assumed their position made them more of an authoritarian than my mother. 

One day, I advised my…

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About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

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  1. Over 40 years ago I had a summer job caring for the kids of a Chinese family that went to our church and lived nearby. They parents had lived in Ohio for at least 20 years-maybe more. The Mom was a doctor, dad a chemist. They only ate a Chinese food. Everyday for lunch the kids and I heated up Chinese food. I liked it but I could not at all understand why that was the only thing they ate. I told all my friends- it was astounding to them too.

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    1. Ha,ha,,,funny they were surprised too. What I love about today is the diversity of so many foods. The more we learn about each other, the more we share each other’s foods. I use to teach a lesson in diversity while serving in the Air Force. Some parts were designed to debate differences, but the way I always brought the class back “in” was to move to the subject of food. Indeed food is always a welcomed subject. We certainly need everyone open to sharing food. 🙂

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      1. Agree that food unites us! And I am sure that all of my gang in my sleepy suburb 40 some years ago that couldn’t fathom anyone not eating Kraft Mac or TV dinners now eats sushi with gusto! Thanks for your service to our country!

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