Tonight will probably be a very, very short update because I am absolutely exhausted. We’ve had no child care this week, so my work has been piled on to the end of the day after Isaiah goes to sleep. However, what I’d really like to be doing is sleeping. I feel like my brain is in a fog and my body is wading through water. I’ve reread that last sentence seven times. I hope it makes sense.
Isaiah and I went for lunch today at The Stop Community Food Centre. This is where the Do the Math Challenge began. I was shocked at the quality of the meal: rice with beans, homemade coleslaw, a most delicious meal loaf and olive bread. I’m sure the olive bread was amazing, but I never got the chance to try it. Isaiah downed the whole piece before I could even get a bite. Isaiah ate my veggies, coleslaw (which had apples in it!) and some of my rice. He was a very, very happy camper.
The atmosphere at The Stop today was very different than at St. Peter’s. Although the food was good, I felt pretty awkward the entire time. It’s a very busy place, and instead of having a table to myself, Isaiah and I shared a table with 5 other men I didn’t know. My primary concern was making sure Isaiah was okay. There was food in front of him. He was fine. The volunteers were very, very busy. The room was very loud. There were no donuts. But I could tell there was a community there – a community of people who come together to laugh and share meals frequently. On one level I was glad to see it. On another, I was acutely aware that I am not part of this community, and everybody around me knew that I didn’t belong. I’m a stranger. The complexity of the feelings I have about all this is greater than my ability to articulate right now. I just can’t think, yo.
Isaiah was simply excited about the bread and apples.
A few people have questioned me about going to food programmes to eat when my family has the means to purchase enough food for ourselves. Our intention is not to take resources away from anybody who needs them. At the end of The Challenge we will be making a donation to each organization we have received hospitality from. The donation will more than cover the cost of the food we have eaten.
Speaking of food, here is what I ate today.
3 flatbreads with peanut butter
Rice with Beans and Lentils
Alphabet pasta with hotdog wieners (a bit of a let down after the meatloaf)
Chocolate bar (Bounty…my favourite!)
Here is today’s nutritional break down. It was helped significantly by lunch at The Stop.
Absolutely no Vitamin D today. I must look up how quickly vitamins are depleted from the body. Especially if one is breastfeeding.
Alarmed by my lack of vitamin D, I drank a glass of milk. Here is the updated nutritional information.