It’s Good to be an Oddball!

If navigating the supply shortage puzzle has taught me anything, it’s that it’s good to be an oddball! When you like things no one else wants in a time of scarcity, you’re more likely to find available inventory. Now is a great time to celebrate your unique tastes!

I live in the state that’s home to 2019s top meat and poultry processor and the world’s largest retailer. I never considered that a time would come when there would be no fresh chicken or beef available. And yet, that time came this week. Even given my awareness of the great toilet paper fiasco of 2020, I felt a jolt to my system.

asparagus

Not to worry, I won’t starve. I love raw nuts, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus. There seems to be an ample supply of those. Today, I can buy a dozen zucchini, a dozen broccoli crowns, a dozen heads of cauliflower, and a dozen bunches of asparagus. In contrast, fresh potato choices have dwindled, dried beans are unavailable, and rice choices are down to one.

The same is true of cleaning products. I’ve had to use disinfecting mop wipes on above the floor surfaces, but I can consistently buy Clorox® ToiletWand disinfecting refills. I’m good with that. I like being able to throw away the dirty cleaning head. (And before you judge me too harshly for not being green enough, please consider that I used cloth diapers when my children were babies. That’s totally cloth, not cloth with a disposable insert, and I have paid it forward in other ways.)

Through the years, I’ve frequently lamented the disappearance of my favorites from the marketplace. (I miss you Banana Fudgsicles!) Now I realize my time has come. It’s a great day to be slightly out of step.

Today, I feel sadness for so many families with sick members, my healthcare worker friends, and those who have no income. I feel bad for those who are afraid.

I also feel grateful. Every difficult, lonely, sad, and traumatic moment in my life has (sometimes in odd ways) prepared me for this uncertain time. That doesn’t make me happy about the experiences, but it makes me thankful for the skills and resilience I gained through them.

And my particular set of life events put me slightly out of step. That I can celebrate! It’s good to be an oddball!

https://www.provisioneronline.com/2019-top-100-meat-and-poultry-processors

https://www.meatinstitute.org/index.php?ht=d/sp/i/286/pid/286/cat_id/103201

https://www.forbes.com/sites/callyrussell/2020/01/09/who-are-the-10-biggest-retailers-in-the-world/#727111

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Author: Cheri Thriver

Hello, Cheri Thriver here blogging about cooking, thriving, and the intersection of the two. I’ve been living a gluten-free lifestyle for over 15 years. I understand that it’s rarely a lack of knowledge or the availability of appropriate food that keeps us from making healthy choices. More often than not, it’s an emotional connection, previous trauma, or fear of social reprisal that keeps us stuck. My wish is that you’ll find something here that informs, entertains, or inspires you to change anything that needs to be changed for you to live fully and thrive.

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