This post has been on draft since March. That’s how long I’ve neglected this blog. Anyway, many thanks to all my blogger friends who still come by to read and comment. Your visits are much appreciated, but I apologize for not reciprocating. Sometimes, life really does get in the way of blogging. But on other most times, I am simply on the ebb-side of life’s ebb and flow.
“Clean up your plate!”
This often-stern dictum was passed on from my grandfather to my father, then to me and my siblings. And now I pass it on to my kids.
Being farmers themselves, my lolo and dad knew the hard labor that went into each grain of rice. They valued rice because, at some point, it was their main source of income. Of course, experiencing two World Wars in one lifetime probably had a lot of impact on my lolo.
In recent news, we hear that there is a global shortage on rice. The effects are rippling down, I’m sure, to every rice-consuming Filipino household (which is just about everyone!). The rice I used to buy at Php27.00 per kilo now costs Php37.00 (USD1.00=Php41.00) – an increase of almost 40% in just 4 weeks!
So certain rules are being implemented in our household to curb the shortage in our own little ways. The clean-plate campaign is up by a notch. Seriously. I tell my kids the dictum (“Clean up your plate!”) even before they could leave the table. Manang is instructed to cook just enough for one meal, and make sure leftovers are refrigerated to avoid spoiling.
As for me and technohub, we’ve significantly reduced our rice portions. This does our waistlines good too. When eating out, I’d usually specify to cut the rice portion into half, especially if I know it’s huge. Most importantly, I teach my kids and helpers to get only the food they can finish for sure.
i don’t know if it’s the Ilokana or the (home) budget officer in me. But it irks me greatly when, at parties and buffet restaurants, I see people piling up so much food only to leave their plates half-eaten or less. I tell my kids that that is very bad etiquette, and reflects extremely poor taste. Being wasteful is definitely something a developing country like ours doesn’t need.
Let’s hope the rice shortage doesn’t last very long. For now, let’s do what we can to lessen the impact. (Rice hoarding doesn’t help!) And…
Teaching our kids to value things that are often taken for granted, such as food, will definitely go a long way.