Speaking of that “Clean Plate Club”

Mar 29, 2023 | 0 comments

When I was a kid and was at the point toward the end of dinner when I was endlessly pushing peas (or beans or brussel sprouts) around on my plate, I was invariably told to “remember all the starving children in Armenia.”  I can’t remember that the reminder did any good at all.  Not as far as finishing up my meal.

First and foremost, I had no idea where Armenia was nor did I know any of those children.  I thought they might be starving because of the war  — World War II which we had entered when I was in Kindergarten and would be a major factor all during my grade school years.

But why eating those vegetables would help never was made clear.  And my sotto voiced “Couldn’t we just send them these?” once or twice got me sent to my room.  I can’t remember that I ever got to join “The Clean Plate Club.”  And I fear that the children in Armenia continued to starve.

I thought of that last Sunday when I noticed that 92-year-old Ray Hicks had eaten every morsel on his plate at the luncheon served at the Pacific County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting.  Ray’s caregiver, Larry Holland later told me that Ray told him he had finished eating while I was speaking because if he cleared his plate, it wouldn’t rain!

Now that’s an incentive I could get behind — when I was in my single digits or even now!   The promise of sunshine ia about the best inducement for almost anything along about this time of year in our neck of the woods!


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