August 21, 2007
School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
By Randy Paul of Beautiful Horizons
Today I had a medical procedure performed in the morning that necessitated my fasting from Sunday night at 9 p.m. until after the procedure at about 10:30 Tuesday morning. Instead of taking a day off yesterday, I decided to go to work as I figured it would keep my mind off of hunger.
Hah! Fat chance that! I was alright at work until about noon. I filled myself with fluids until I had to make the long walk to down the hallway that I refer to as the "Bladder Causeway" that leads to the bathroom. About 2 p.m. I was getting cranky. My usual cheery self was snapping at people, I found that I couldn't concentrate as well as normal and those trips up and down the stairs that I make with elan between the two floors my employer takes up were being punctuated with Lurch-like sighs and significantly slower ascents. The bagel I had to break my fast was positively ambrosial.
I can only imagine then, how difficult it must have been for needy children to have accomplished much of anything before the advent of both the National School Lunch Act, and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, which provided for subsidized lunches and breakfasts, respectively, for needy children. The former was signed into law by Harry Truman and the latter by Lyndon Johnson. Let's hope their need to exist will someday disappear.
hope you are recovering and well after your procedure.
my dear friend, who has a golden heart, just retired from the public school system after thirty years of most dedicated service as a special ed teacher.
each day, she brought a big bag of apples and loaves of bread to school, because so many of her students came to school hungry and exhausted each morning.
...she could write a book about the hunger and hardships of her students.
Posted by: jacqueline | Aug 21, 2007 10:40:42 PM
Not to wet blanket overmuch.
But...you probably overeat routinely.
The 'appestat' is set wa-ay high.
Caloric restriction is a good thing
on a zillion levels....
One is that if you can work your way to
a lower setting,
You will seldom be hungry/irritable
[in the way you were]
And still have all the requisite vigour
for anything you have to do. And more.
True. Learned that. Works.
[ambrosial bagel was probably refined white
with some sort of hi-caloric dressing..
Posted by: has_te | Aug 22, 2007 11:12:06 AM
Actually it was whole wheat with tofu-scallion spread. Don't be so presumptious!
I probably do eat more than I should and while caloric restriction is not a bad idea, fasting for 36 hours will make anyone hungry and think seriously about food.
Posted by: Randy Paul | Aug 22, 2007 11:44:15 AM
Posted by: judy | Oct 11, 2007 7:29:29 AM
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