We had an exciting food filled weekend. We were walking home on Saturday when a man driving a utility vehicle asked if we could use an eggplant. He said he worked on a farm nearby and had a surplus. Good thing I always carry a bag with me because he gave us lots of apples, two eggplants, green beans, hot peppers and tiny tomatoes. I snacked on tomatoes on the mile and a half walk home. Belle fell asleep eating an apple, which I happily finished.
We were on our way to McDonald’s on Sunday, with only nineteen minutes to spare for the free coffee, when I spotted the box across the street. I always stop and grab the box, no matter what it holds. Someone living nearby periodically puts their extra “first five” or food bank food in a cardboard box by a street lamp across the street. I swiftly pushed Belle across the street, grabbed the cardboard box full of canned food and walked it back home without looking through it. We still managed to make it for coffee five minutes before breakfast ended.
Belle seemed extra clingy at McDonald’s, especially when our friend Ellen joined us. I couldn’t enjoy conversation with another adult because Belle wouldn’t play with the other children. This neediness, combined with Belle’s inability to sleep through the previous night, made me wonder if we should skip a party happening the same afternoon. I also noticed a mystery stain on my dress that I couldn’t remove with my limited time and resources in McDonald’s restroom. We attended the party anyway (No one noticed the stain!), and Belle finally loosened up.
We brought home leftover fried fish and pork from the party. Belle fell asleep holding a candy filled goody bag. This nap allowed me to finally sort through the box: beef ravioli, beef stew, black beans, cream of mushroom soup, green beans, mandarin oranges, mixed fruit, sweet peas, tomato sauce, tuna in water, vegetable beef soup and whole peeled tomatoes in various quantities. None of this food is certified organic, but it is all good food to have on hand. I believe in keeping a fully stocked pantry and steadily working through it. Long live whoever puts out this box!