08 April 2007
Snap It Up and Make It Snappy
At the beginning of this weekend, I wrote about slowing down and enjoying the company of family and food. Then along comes Mo with a click of his fingers produces the SNAP!!!
Naturally this made me think about where did all this hurry up and stop life we lead begin. When I was young, we sat down at the dinner table every night at six. A simple meal was cooked at home each weekday and then Sunday dinner tended to be a little more labor intense. Going "out to eat" was a major occasion.
There were fast food places of a sort for the burgeoning automobile society, but even the drive ins meant the food was cooked after you drove up and ordered from the girl on rollar skates.
Then virtually everyone had a television. Now the dinner table was replaced by the TV tray. Still the whole family in one place, but now staring away from each other at the screen in the den.
At school children were still served by food cooked by the cafeteria lady. They might grab french fries after school on the way home with their allowance, but being allowed off campus at noon to do it ... dream on!
This heralded the growth of the suburbs and the automobile culture grew even more. The freeways made it possible to get farther faster. Gas was cheap and you could live quite a ways from work with only two traffic jams per day. You want fast? California 1962 able to drive 90 MPH down the Ten. Don't cry, just cause you are sitting there breathing fumes at 10 MPH if you are lucky.
Now the children were coming home to empty houses while both parents worked. The freeways got fuller, the free time more scarce, and the families more disconnected. It was so much easier to just grab a bag to take home. You used to have to go inside and stand in line, but now you can just drive through to grab your carbs and sugars.
Feeding a family is now a snap! All we have sacrificed are marriages, families, peace, our bodies, and the environment. So go snap up the comfort food. You'll need it.
It has nothing to do with the article, but I just felt like throwing in some snapdragons.