What’s for lunch?


By Rachel Hale



What’s for lunch?

That is the question that kept nagging at me when I was trying to consider what to write about this month. I had a complete writers block, sitting at my desk staring at a blank page and my flashing curser that was waiting on me to start typing. Ugh! So frustrating.

So, of course I did the only natural thing, I posted my dilemma on social media! Many friends “liked” it, some “laughed” at it, others suggested what to eat and then one friend said something that made perfect sense! “Write about eating since we all do it!” So, here goes nothing.

Whether it is something we make ourselves or get at a restaurant, our bellies make sure we know it is time to eat. When I was younger I wasn’t very picky, except I never liked spinach! I was taught to eat what was put in front of you and to be thankful.

Once I was married it became a challenge in some aspects. When you are young and just starting out in life you don’t eat out much so you have to cook. Hamburger Helper was a safe meal I couldn’t mess up, at least not too badly. As I got older my cooking abilities improved, there has only ever been two recipes my husband refused to take a second bite of over the last 30 years! When kids came along things changed in terms of the amount of food I would cook for a meal. Two healthy growing boys can consume massive amounts of food! I would buy the family pack pork chops (10 in a pack) and cook the whole pack for the four of us! I only ate one but there were rarely any leftover! Growing boys, wow can they eat!

Now that we are empty nesters, it has been a whole new challenge. Trying to cook for just two people again has proven to be difficult, especially when I know that there are so many wonderful restaurants in town. Spring has sprung and we all know what that means! Hot dogs and root beer at the BK Root Beer stand! Shredded Chicken at Jilly Chillys! These are two signs of spring that I always look forward to!

As I sit here writing this column I am also reminded of those in our community that struggle with hunger. This last year has been tough to say the least and many households don’t know where their next meal will come from. We are blessed to have the Holy Angels soup kitchen, Shelby County Veterans Services food pantry and the Agape food pantry in our community to help fill the gap. I would like to encourage everyone that reads this column to consider contacting one of these local organizations to see what they need and to donate items. Your donation could mean that a child, veteran or senior gets to go to bed tonight with a full belly!

So, what am I having for lunch today? I still don’t know but judging from the growling coming from my tummy, I better figure it out quickly!

Until I see you at the Center,

Have a Blessed Day!

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By Rachel Hale

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County.