This reason to be cheerful is a necessity and I am conscious that I could end up looking like a glutton by mentioning it. Anyway, E is for eating.
It's a tricky subject. These days eating can almost be a political act; what you eat, how much you eat, even why you eat. In a world where there are too many people who do not have enough, or sometimes anything, to eat for me to mention eating as a reason to be cheerful might seem thoughtless, but I hope not.
Although I am not one for saying grace before meals I am very fond of what is known as the Selkirk Grace. It is often attributed to Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, but there is a suggestion that it pre-dates him. No matter, it is the sentiment it contains that I like.
This is how the version with which I am familiar goes:
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit
To me it neatly sums up the feeling of thankfulness we should all have when we eat. In my book there's never anything wrong with counting your blessings and having food is one of mine.
|A British soldier eats his midday meal in a trench|
in the snow, while manning part of the front line
along the River Maas in Holland, 8 January 1945.
There's a fairly historical feel to this posting so the music carries on in the same vein with music hall artiste Harry Champion singing Boiled Beef and Carrots. I've never eaten boiled beef and carrots, but according to the song it's very good for you. Who knew?
- Question: Have you ever eaten boiled beef? What was it like? I'll be honest it doesn't sound very nice to me.
* Soldier picture by No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Norris (Sgt) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons