What’s Left?Mar 11th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Opinion
I was reading an article in Time magazine the other day and it was talking about the French school lunch program. It said that in France, in particular Paris, the public school children have a five course lunch served to them each day and then, according to what they had for lunch, the school even publishes what would go well with that for the children’s dinner. The children have a leisurely, five-course meal. No menu is repeated over a 32-day period. Lunch is to be a time of relaxation and enjoyment.
Wow! What a difference in their lunch time and our school children’s lunch time. Our kids are herded through the lunch room and given barely a half hour to eat. The article suggests that our attitude about eating and food might be why our nation is confronted with so much childhood obesity. They may have a point there. Wouldn’t it be nice if our children could actually look forward to eating lunch at school. I know, it’s just nice to think they have a balanced meal - but wouldn’t it be nice to take it several steps further? Of course, the article did not address the cost of these five-course meals but possibly, when you take into account the collateral damage of obesity - it would be cheaper in the long run to have these healthy, leisurely meals if they could help prevent a lifetime of fighting the fat.
Well, the political season is ramping up. It appears that it will be an exciting one here in Arkansas with so many people contending for the different state offices.
I’ve been working some with our new animal shelter. We have not had to deal with so much new stuff, new procedures, etc. It will eventually be all right - but right now - it’s very difficult. Poor Horace needs more help keeping up with the demands of the cleaning procedures in the large building. We are working on getting a volunteer program set up - so if you’ve been thinking about volunteering at the shelter, you’ll see something in the paper about it in the very near future.
Our city is a bedroom community. We have lots of commuters. When people come to our city, they look at the schools, crime rate, and the animal shelter. We are good on all points except the animal shelter - and with our new one - we have a great opportunity not just to get by but to lead in low euthanisia rates and humane treatment of the dogs - and eventually cats - we take in. Our council members need encouragement from you to help fund our new shelter’s operations so that we can offer these strays the best chance of finding a good home. Please call your council member and tell them you support allocating money for the support - care, feeding and medical care - of these animals.
Go to your happy place.
See you next week.