Monday, February 20, 2012

Animal, Vegtable, Miracle

You may have noticed recently that I'm part of an online book-club.  We read books and then write an essay inspired by the book; since the conception of C this has basically been the only thing I've blogged about at all.  (Sigh)

Our current book is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.  I was so excited when this book was announced because no less than a million people have strongly suggested I read it in the past few years.  I picked it up and set it back down after just a few chapters...and went to fetch my husband.  I knew this book would (once again) change the way I looked at feeding my family and I didn't want to change alone.  We're reading it together now, and loving her insights, adventures, ideas, and fantastic writing.

But this is meant to be an inspired essay, not a review.

Now I'm left with a problem - what one thing to write about?  Shall I continue the musings I began years ago?  Should I tell you about our garden? About my farming friend who's eggs we love buying?  About my conundrum with organic vs local vs whole foods (not the grocery store) vs good animal treatment vs budget? About all the things I've found that carry the right labels but don't actually make a difference? About the various farmer's markets, CSA's, and suppliers I've tried (and canceled) in my area?  The complexity of working this out alongside a family?

Alas, there is so much I could write about this topic, but my children are small, and they are sick, and I am exhausted. Original thought is not a luxury I can afford today, so I will leave you instead with what someone else said, and very artistically at that; I'm pretty sure Barbara would be proud.

Could you live an entire year eating locally or the food from your garden? Barbara Kingsolver transplanted her family from the deserts of Arizona to the mountains of Virginia for their endeavor. Join From Left to Write on February 21 as we discuss Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. As a member of From Left to Write, I received a copy of the book. All opinions are my own. 


Carrie said...

Oh yes, sick little ones takes precedence over blogging! That's a full time job in and of itself. Hope they feel better soon. As a mama of two kids (3 and 1), I know you have your hands full right now. Looking forward to hearing your insight once they are feeling better. Or when they are teenagers and you finally have some time, if you are anything like me!

Brenda Bartella Peterson said...

I don't know how all you young mothers are blogging so well with WELL children--never mind when they are sick.

Still a useful post!

Janin said...

I loved the video! You're absolutely right-- it's a beautiful illustration of the concept. Thank you for sharing and I hope your little ones feel better soon.

Thien-Kim aka Kim said...

I think it's great that you and your husband are reading the book together!

Some Suburban Mom said...

I don't think I'd ever be able to get my husband to read this with me! I really liked the video :)

Lisa Hanneman said...

I am so jealous of the produce you grew in your garden! My garden is a constant struggle. Between lack of time to research a plan, energy to cultivate, and then a lack of direct sun, I'm not really setting myself up for success... But I keep trying!

Hope your little ones are better soon - My 3 yo and 5 mo are both just getting over something. It's exhausting!

Eating as a Path to Yoga said...

This is one of my all time favorite books. I've begged my parents to read it to no avail. However, I did get them to read Michael Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemna."