Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Eat Your Vegetables!

The army supplies soldiers with food - round the clock. The food is, for the most part, as balanced as the army can manage. They have tons of fruits and vegetables available, meat in huge quantities.

But there's a problem - there's a strike! That's right - starting tomorrow, the vegetable suppliers are going on strike. They will not bring fresh fruits and vegetables to market. Israel is a country that eats healthier than many. Our bread is delivered daily, fresh to the markets (though you can buy packaged bread). Because the country is so small, fruits and vegetables find their way to our stores and tables...perhaps in hours of being picked - certainly within a few short days.

Already tomorrow, we will begin to feel the pressure of not having these fresh fruits and vegetables. But the army has soldiers to feed and they must eat. So it has arranged, quietly and efficiently, to bypass the suppliers and get the produce directly from the farmers. And the farmers have agreed because they love our soldiers.

Tomorrow or the next day, there may not be cucumbers and tomatoes, oranges and apples - all staples of our diet - in the stores, but our soldiers will not feel this. The farmers love our soldiers!

5 comments:

true love said...

"and the farmers have agreed because they love our soldiers..."

..or because it pays better to sell directly and they don't want to leave their products to rot on the field...

rickismom said...

You have a lot more readers than I do. Maybe you could mention the opportunity of soldiers to be checked for bone marrow compatability (and not too opt out because it's one stick too many.....) (see my blog)

A Soldier's Mother said...

Dear True Love,

The same cup that some see as half full, others see as half empty. Yes, I'm sure the farmers don't want their crops to rot, but honestly, I doubt the strike will last long enough to let produce rot. In any case, I choose to believe that the farmers choose to make an arrangement with the army because in most cases, they themselves were soldiers once...or they have sons or daughters who are soldiers. It's all in the cup, I assume, but generally speaking, someone who works the land, loves the land and that love would extend to those that defend it - our soldiers.

A Soldier's Mother said...

Hey Rickismom - doing a post just on this - will link to yours.

jan said...

What a beautiful commentary on the citizens of Israel ....that the farmers will make sure the soldiers don't do without their fresh fruits and vegetables. Those soldiers belong to all of us, they are all our beloved sons and daughters and we cherish them! Thanks for sharing that news across the Atlantic!

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