Lunch. Pasta with carrots and onions cooked in a teaspoon of cooking oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. I realized during lunch that pasta without its usual marinara sauce--or even a homemade olive oil and veggie sauce--was not my favorite thing. I added some of the starchy cooking liquid to make the meal less dry.
My realizations from Day Two of the Living Below the Line Challenge:
1. I would give my children my food in a heartbeat. When Madelyn the youngest asked for a carrot from my "supplies"--I gave it to her. I cannot imagine watching my child live with hunger--and being unable to provide for her.
2. I only bought food with my budget. What about toilet paper or dish detergent? How could I buy Ibuprofen for the headache I've developed? Simply buying food was discouraging on my $7.50 allowance.
3. I could possibly eat rice every day--but, pasta is a different story. In fact, I would consider trading my remaining pasta for almost anything right now. Ideally a salad or a glass of milk.
4. My sense of smell seems to have increased dramatically. I swear I can smell KFC and Tumbleweed from 0.2 miles away...
5. My middle daughter has a big heart--which I guess I already knew. She shared her water with me when I forgot my own water on our trip to her dance class.
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