I traveled to France this past weekend and now firmly believe that the mental health of americans would be vastly improved if most restaraunts included dessert in the price of an entree. Very rational and practical, I usually don’t order it while dining out. My stomach doesn’t warrant the $6 fee for overly buttered dishes…I’d prefer to splurge on either the bread, the wine, or an appetizer. If I do order, I always share.
In France, however, it is easier to accept that dessert isn’t just something “extra” that you ADD onto your meal. It is essential. Why? Because eating should remind us that we are alive, and part of that aliveness is to honor those moments that are dying. And that’s what desert is. A way to end something with so much pleasure you have to leave satisfied.
Are you a dessert person?
Speaking of dessert, while cherishing these dishes, I was reminded that Americans spend 100 billion dollars a year on ice cream products: frozen yo-yos (sorry, fro-yos??) ben and jerries, dairy queens, vanilla dryers. if we put all the gallon container of vanilla flavored ice creams in a line, it would circle the globe 8 times. Obviously, we cherish this desert.
It makes me want to cry. Ice cream reduced my heart to a melted pulp.
Think of your three best friends or family members. If you represented the worl, two of you would live on less than 90 cents a day, one of you couldn’t read (it would be a woman) and one of you would surely die before the age of 30.
Because for that same amount of money, every single child on this plant could have access to 4 years of education. Which is enough to teach them to read. Did you know that most girls on this plant DO NOT KNOW HOW TO READ?
Take home message 1) order dessert next time you eat out. Just do it. And love it. How ever much you ingest 2) you are reading this blog, thus, you are blessed, and lucky and need to articulate and honor this priviledge. 3) Check out programs to increase education for girls. I LOVE WOMEN FOR WOMEN!