Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What's for lunch?

This is always a popular topic around the office.  I am always interested in what I am going to eat next, although I must admit that I am a creature of habit for breakfast.  Lately I have been having a homemade berry smoothie made with Greek Yogurt every morning – this is only on weekdays – on weekends I have steel cut oatmeal with all the fixin’s.  Got the smoothie recipe from Katie Mears’ blog (She used to work at CPD with us, but her husband made her move to Houston.  I’m still bitter.) – here’s the link, but know that I only make a half making of this:
Anyway, I make my Katie smoothie about 8:10 am, pour it in a cup and start driving to the office.  Usually finish it about 9:30.  The food that goes into my mouth during the remainder of the day is up in the air.  I keep Wint O Green Lifesaver mints on my desk (Joanna does too – development people need mints, people!), so almost every time someone walks into my office, I take a break and open a mint.
I start thinking about lunch at about 11:00 am and usually get a read on what other people are doing (mostly Ann and Joanna are my partners in crime) and who (if anyone) needs to go get something from somewhere.
So many choices, so little time.
We have lots of great places near our office in The Meadows Foundation's Wilson Historic District:  Two Sisters, Taco Joint, and everything in the Uptown and McKinney Avenue areas too.
So many choices, so little time.
Side Note:  We also keep candy at our office at all times for the CPS Caseworkers, but a piece or two usually make it into my mouth each afternoon…
For dinner I normally cook something or just snack, and of course sometimes I go out with family or friends.  I never want for a meal.  Never.
But so many people in this great city of delicious food do want.  And many of them are children.  This morning CPD provided grocery money for 2 children (a girl age 9 and a boy age 7) who were removed from their home this week by CPS and placed with a relative.  When the police were called for a domestic disturbance at their apartment, the children and their dog were found in a filthy place with marijuana blunts on the table in reach of the kids.  Both the children and the dog were emaciated and had been searching in the trash can for food.  The kids told the police that they hadn’t eaten anything that day.  Their father was subsequently arrested for domestic violence and the children became terrified when they thought they were going to be left alone with their mother.  The mother later told CPS that she had sold their food stamps for drug money.
It makes me cry to think of all of the abundance that I enjoy and of the pitiful circumstances of these children, right here in our own community.  But because of all the generous people who support our agency, CPD is able to provide emergency food, clothing and more for these kids.
So many choices, so little time.  Thanks for choosing Community Partners of Dallas.

1 comment:

  1. Another excellent blog, Paige! Very thought provoking as well. Thank you! Dorothy