This post will be a testament to my ability to relate food to any topic.
To celebrate Black History Month, my husband and I took our 5-year-old daughter to the Ripley Center at the Smithsonian for their Black History Month Festival last weekend. They had lots of fun (and free) activities planned like kalimba music and free performances at the Discovery Theater. We got there late so we missed all of that (yes, we are working diligently on our sleeping-in issues), but we were able to check out an exhibit featuring pictures from throughout the Civil Rights movement. The most dramatic of those photos were of various Americans marching with their protest signs held high.
One of the last remaining activity tables at the festival was set up to allow kids to create their own protest signs. They were instructed to write or draw about something they either wanted more or less of, something that would be good for all people. I must preface this with the fact that my daughter was born to a recovering C-SPAN addict (yes, for many years I thought watching the proceedings on the House and Senate floor actually qualified as entertainment and I once seriously considered starting a petition to have Meet the Press moved to prime time).
Anywho, I was convinced that my precocious and politically astute little girl (she once played Hillary Clinton in a preschool skit where her one line was an emphatic, “Nonsense!” in response to whatever the kid playing John McCain said) would craft a meaningful sign urging Congress and the White House to make affordable health care a reality or improve the public education system.
But, no. My hopes were dashed when she asked me how to spell spaghetti. Spaghetti? Yes, spaghetti.
I’m not at all sure how more spaghetti will help improve the world, but it got me thinking, what are my food protests?
To start, I want more fresh vegetables at my dinner table and less Chick-fil-A. I want more organic foods in my neighborhood grocery store and less artificially shiny produce.
Have any food protests of your own? Please share.