I had a similar experience in 1978. When I told my parents about it, they thought I was delirious.
Posted by ILEANA on 06/15 at 07:48 PM | #
I almost didn't read this thinking the premise a wormy bananas trite. Your question about abundance taken for granted demonstrates just another reason why people continue to delude themselves into a perilous complacency on their future.
Posted by aposematic on 06/15 at 12:17 PM | #
For many years nobody I knew in Romania ever ate a whole piece of fruit. They'd cut it with a fruit knife or just make a fruit salad. The older folks still do this. I thought it was a cultural thing ... apparently not.
Posted by JanisB on 06/15 at 11:54 AM | #
Dr. Paugh, I have always been blessed to live in the United States, and reap all of the rewards this great country had to offer. However, several years ago, about 2000 My wife and I became associated with a foreign exchange student from the Czech Republic. From most indications he had lived a good life. He was preparing to go to the university, his father was a medical doctor, and his mother a stay-at-home mother. He also had two younger siblings. Overall a very compelling story. He was a healthy young man about 6' tall and 185#, a sharp kid. The first time I saw him cry was when we took him to a Safeway Supermarket. He stood looking at the abundance of produce and wept, My wife and I were moved. Some time latter we took him to breakfast at a Mexican restraints Sunday buffet. He was unable to understand that he could go through the food line as many times as he wanted, and the concept of using a clean plate each time was beyond his comprehension. He was concerned that the rest of the patrons would not get their share. Again he cried. He wished his family were with him, and could see the US. When it was time to return home he had mixed feelings about leaving and voiced his concerns. We stayed in touch via email for several years. He became a physician in his home country. He also swore to return when his parents were gone. I hope he does.
Posted by Bruce Siess on 06/15 at 11:14 AM | #
JohnMinn, you are so eloquently right.
Ken G, I am afraid few people are listening. They are mesmerized by idiotic talking points, lies, and TelePrompter charisma.
Posted by ILEANA on 06/15 at 09:28 AM | #
Thank you for a snapshot of Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama's Utopia. I hope everyone is listening.
Posted by Ken G. on 06/15 at 07:38 AM | #
Dr. Paugh, I remember the packages we sent to those who had so little and how they expressed over and over again their gratitude for those provisions.
Did you know that there are areas in Minnesota where you do not dare speak out against Communism because if you do, your very life is at risk?
Those horribly misguided individuals live here free to practice Communism, but enjoy the foodstuffs and luxuries they were afforded by our “evil capitalist” nation.
If only they were to spend a decade existing in a Communist slave state perhaps their eyes would open.
Do you wonder that I so often repeat the words “Ignorance is NOT bliss, ignorance can mean death”?
The reality of Communism is so brutal that those who have not experienced it can not even fathom that level of evil and therefore they deny the existence of that totalitarian evil.
I have friends who have escaped the Communist slave state, and they seldom speak of what happened to them there because it brings back those ever so painful memories and the names of their friends who were slaughtered because the Communists hated them and God whom they worshiped.
Freedom is the greatest treasure on earth and we had better nurture freedom well or those who love the Communist slave state will succeed in their quest to destroy this nation.
Posted by JohnMinn on 06/15 at 07:30 AM | #
Posted by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Fruit Flies, Crop Dusting, DDT, Eastern Europe
My 80-year-old mom is sitting at the kitchen table dissecting a banana as if it were a biology specimen under a microscope. I watch her for a few minutes intently before I ask her what she is doing. With a scientific look of Eureka discovery on her face, she tells me, she is looking for worms. Worms?More...
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