The Sprouts: Don't forget the meatballs......


There is a lot of excitement at our house circling around the meals planned for this week (add link), but SPAGHETTI is definitely the magic word in the house!! And Skoogie keeps adding…don’t forget the meatballs!!

So over the weekend, I pulled out, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett. I thought it might spark even more interest in the spaghetti with meatballs. It did, but with an unexpected twist.

Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup, snows mashed potatoes, and hamburgers fall from the sky. But then storms and an overabundance of food force the townspeople to abandon Chewandswallow. They must adapt to a world where the sky doesn't bring food and the hardest thing to get used it is going to grocery stores where the food is in packages, cans and bottles.

The primary excitement of the book has always been the change of weather and different food coming from the sky. Now that we are eating local for the month, it took a new slant. We’ve been talking a lot about LOCAL in our house. O will ask, what does local mean? Initially we defined the word – food from around your area, grown close to where we live, not transported a long distance, ‘and in our garden,’ pipes O. But then we started adding more to our answers: We are eating local for a month to take time to think about what we eat; We are focusing on food that is good for our bodies; Selecting food that is from nature and harvested close to us to enjoy its peak taste; Eating food that has been grown or cooked by humans not machines, like eating an apple instead of a cracker from a box (O is getting into robots, so that reply spurred lots of additional questions and discussion); Eating food that is grown or produced in a respectful way (O heard about the egg situation the other day on the radio and asked if had to do with that. How do you answer???!!??? I took the approach of giving just enough information, and will wait for more questions for future discussions. I’m sure there will be more! But for now, I carefully tried to talk about raising animals in safe environments that are good for both the animals and people.)

So after reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs this weekend, I asked Skoogie and O what they thought it would be like if our food fell from the sky? This is what I heard:

Skoogie: It would be so YUMMY! I eat it all up!! (with a little monster impression going on)

O: WE’D REALLY BE ABLE TO EAT LOCAL!!!

With a chuckle and a warm feeling inside, I gave them a big hug!

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