The car rumbled absentmindedly to itself as its teen aged driver guided it down the road. It was Saturday night and the road was the locally accepted weekend make out area. The branches of the trees on either side of the road arched the road to intertwine tightly with each other like children playing London Bridge or Red Rover. The branches clasped each other so tightly that headlights were necessary whenever one drove the stretch. The young man driving chatted amiably with his companion and the car wondered if the boy was himself tonight or impersonating his older brother who sometimes “double booked” an evening with two young ladies, at which point the younger brother would take advantage iof the considerable shared resemblance between them and spend the evening with the second young lady, his older brother having left with the first some time ago. The car had seen this happen several times. Suddenly the car stopped, unable to move. The car heard both passengers gasp in response to the abrupt stop.The car tried gamely to respond when the boy tried to restart the engine, but to no avail. The girl quipped that he didn’t have to pretend to be out of gas. And then from second to the next the temperature plummeted and the car felt their breath fog the windows. There was a woman approaching them now, appearing from the shadows as thoughtlessly as a human might walk through a doorway. She wo a cloak with the hood pulled up. Beside her paced two huge dogs easily the size of Irish Wolfhounds, with luge spikes protruding from the necks, tje boy redoubled his efforts to start the car, apparently they were close enough for him to see that the collars weren’t collars either. The car strained bravely against the invisible barrier and then suddenly it was gone. The car was able to make its engine turn over, its headlights blazed to life and they peeled away, leaving the sinister woman and her dogs behind in a cloud of exhaust, The car feverishly hoped that the young man’s next date was it was far from here. The incident had taken a few years off her factory warranty.
We need to reconnect with our food. That probably sounds strange so let me elaborate. I grew up in the 90’s my generation was the first to have their formative years influenced by this new concept of the Internet. I grew up with the first generation of teenagers to have cell phones. I get that my generation and the ones after it take for granted things that were barely outside the realm of science fiction thirty years ago. In lots of ways we are becoming so immersed in the advances of now that the concept of a life without them seems alien. When I was in middle school and high school I remember conversations with people who were in their twenties, thirties, and even forties which made it cleat to me that they were unaware that food we buy at grocery stores doesn’t just magically appear there, That level of ignorance frightens me so much more than the increasing prevalence of smart phones and technology. Our food was once living things. True plant life is not the same as animal life and animal life isn’t as either human or plant. but human, plant or animal it all grows. If we forget that even the things we eat have a life cycle and therefore need certain conditions to thrive, our forward momentum might actually kill them and take us with it. Teach your kids “Old MacDonald“, that bacon comes from pigs that cheese and hamburgers come from cows and depending on the kind of cheese sheep and goats. . Teach them that their mashed potatoes, the corn or broccoli once grew somewhere before being bought. The only way for us to continue living is too remember that everything we eat was once living too Teach them the magic of husbandry. Grow a garden even if its just a window box full of herbs,cooking with stuff you grew makes it taste that much better. Pant or care fore a tree even if it’s a dwarf one that you can keep potted un your apartment. There is a statistic that says that every new tree puts 29% more oxygen into the atmosphere.so the air that air that circulates through your house or apartment is that much fresher.