Today's post is in conjunction with the Blog-A-Licious Blog Tour: a fantastic blog hop that brings together bloggers of all genres, backgrounds, and locations. I definitely recommend the blog featured before mine in today's hop: LIFE THROUGH LUCYLASTICA'S LENSE ; and the author's blog featured after mine: RYDER ISLINGTON'S BLOG. Do stop by and say Hello, as several blogs on the tour are having giveaways and contests. Enjoy!
Free Food for Thought
In the United States, we take freedom for granted at all levels – from the major rights like voting and free speech, to the lesser ones like being able to choose what we read and what we wear.
And what we eat.
When I was a little girl, my Army dad would bring home extra MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) after drill weekends and I would love to drop the dried fruit blocks into water to bring fruit cocktail to life, or stick the cassette-tape-sized squares marked “BBQ” into the microwave to see if they’d come out anything like my mom’s pork chops. But, believe me, the meals were only “treats” because they were exciting and different to my 6-year-old palette; I’m fairly confident that our servicemen and women don’t find much savory in their field rations (along with most aspects of their jobs), but they persevere without complaint and they do it for complete strangers like us.
So as you’re enjoying a hot dog and beer (and not just on the 4th of July), think of what soldiers around the world are sacrificing at that same moment for your freedom to eat, and then give thanks because, as Toby Keith so musically put it, that Freedom don't come free.