I am finding it inspiring watching the news and tweets today of those starting this weeks “below the line” challenge.
However, I actually don’t feel like joining in. Perhaps because only two years ago I was living just like this. Trying to not spend extra money on food and live within what I was bringing in. With the mortgage and household bills what they were then and only working part-time I was actually living below the line. (The difference being I could use a credit card if I had to or wanted to buy in bulk)
I know I was having oatmeal every morning, plain unless there were blueberries in the garden, for eighteen cents. A banana for a snack if I was feeling flush was another twenty cents. Lunch and dinner were brown rice and pinto beans, day after day after day. Those two meals together were about a buck. Sometimes I would splurge on pico de gallo. But there seemed to always be beans cooking or soaking or both. I also had great “extra’s” in my garden.
Just watching the tweets today regarding how hard it is and who is hungry is encouraging. I hope the #BelowTheLine challenge this week brings the much needed attention to hunger across the planet.