Everytime I've gone to the grocery store over the last sixteen years, I've said to myself, "As long as we can get beans, we're going to be okay." That must be well over a thousand trips to the grocery store, and probably seven hundred cans of beans. Must be about four hundred cans of Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles.

Sixteen years ago I met a man who had a young family and had lost his job. Did we call it "being downsized" back then? He was very worried about keeping his kids fed and finding a new job. The beans were what helped him see his situation with a some detachment. I watched his face change as he voiced his new mantra, "As long as we can get beans, we're going to be okay."

We live in an incredibly affluent country, but there are millions of families in the U.S. who just want to get beans. Around the world, the majority of families just hope to get beans.

© 2007 Nancy L. Ruder

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