“The greatest wealth is health.” Virgil
As a participant in Occupy Blogosphere to share/shed positive light, I bring you a short story excerpt from my collection-in-progress.
“You just can’t throw out good food, Kiya.” Selma followed her daughter from the fridge to the garbage can, watching her hard-earned dollars from the insurance company, where she put up with more than her share of shit, get dumped by this child who grew up on cow meat and fatback in her collards. Now, it was all about wheat grass, tofu and that other imitation food that was shaking in her love-and-peace-to-the-green world.
“Look, Jonas and I will move you to our place, if that’s what it takes to get you on board with eating healthy, Ma. Okay? I had a real good sense something wasn’t right yesterday. I just felt it.” Kiya sucked her breath in hard and her little nose ring jiggled , making the diamond stud more apparent when her nostrils flared up. Child had her daddy’s nose for sure but she was so pretty, it looked far better on her. Selma always had thought it looked so big and out of place on Clayton’s face. Maybe it was that he was a light-colored man and she thought nature should have shaped it thinner.
“That there rice could at least be put to good use down at the shelter.” Selma went to grabbing at the bag but Kiya moved in one swift motion to keep Selma out of arm’s reach. She dug her nails into the plastic and poured the little white grains in the garbage, shaking her head, tsking and exhaling in a way that made Selma feel child-like.
“This is an enriched product and we won’t be contributing to a false sense of healthy eating to anybody with these fake foods.” Kiya let the bag fall from her fingers and went back to the cabinet she had been raiding.
“Wait just a damn minute. You’ve gone too far-.”
“No, Mother Dear, you have.” She tossed out all of the canned goods and seemed satisfied at seeing packages of dried beans, two boxes of organic raisins and a roll of plastic wrap in the near empty space. “And you know what? I wouldn’t mind you coming to stay with Jonas, the kids and me. Having children around keeps you young.” She started for the pantry.
“Like hell, they do.”
To read the beginning of “Selma Wrapped in Blue,” visit the Excerpts link.
To learn more about foods for cardiovascular health, read 25 Heart-Healthy Foods. Another great read is Dr. Norman Walker’s Fresh Vegetables and Fruit Juices. This book is also packed with various cures for what ails you.