"They will let us all be together at the hospital, right?"
Sometimes Daddy has to change our plans. It's not his fault; he has a job that keeps him in contact with the most influential people in our city. We are often asked to dinner, and that requires that I be prepared to change evening plans at a moment's notice.
Throughout my life, I seemed to always lose when winning was a sure thing. It wasn't until my very good friend, Vince Bernardin, asked me to read a book by the name of The Dream Giver, written by Bruce Wilkinson, that I discovered why. I took the book home and started reading immediately.
Quarantine has brought about the need for many changes in our lives. One of the major changes in households across the world is how we are feeding our families. Making it from one paycheck to the next, on a tight budget and with little wiggle room is how most families make it through the month. For the majority of families with school-aged children, their weekly grocery budget now has to sustain the hit of adding two more meals everyday for each child plus snacks. With many households not able to work due to mandated closures, the strain is made even worse. It's hard to not panic at a time like this, but take a deep breath and we will work this out together. I have gathered a few recipes that are easy to prepare and are really easy on the budget as well. Almost all of the item listed are available at the Dollar Tree, and because many item are meant for to be used multiple times (grated Parmesan cheese, flour, sugar and various spices), each will be even less costly.
We are living in trying times, and for some it can be really scary. Families are often faced with making a decision between putting food on the table or purchasing medication or enough fuel to make it to work. To add insult to an already injured budget, families that have budgets that have long included the school system feeding each child two meals a day, five days per week, can no longer claim that security. Companies are laying off their employees or are closing all together, leaving many without jobs and uncertain futures.
My family had some odd habits when I was growing up. One of the more particularly odd habits of my father was that electricity wasn't permitted in my home on Sundays. No television. No telephone. No stereos. We would gather in the living room or at the dining room table after church and we would play games, tell stories or record cassette tapes to send to the family members that were scattered across the United States. I was a child and thought my father's idea was absolutely stupid. Why in the world couldn't we just be like any other normal family and gather around the television every evening? That we didn't own a television, an action that was taken by my father as a means of discipline, during that period of time further fueled my desire to not be a part of the family gathering. Just as I look back and remember that feeling of "my family is sooooo weird", I can't help but smile at the warm memory of my family gathered around a bulky cassette recorder, before time and circumstances separated we five. It was fun in its purest form. I'm sure the cassette tapes have long been discarded, but the memory will play in my mind forever.