Living life as a missionary certainly has it's highs and lows in many ways. Two days ago I experienced one of the "lows" in this life. It had been raining most all day, the weather was on the cool side, and the electricity had been off most of the day. It was one of those days that you begin to look for a bit of comfort. You may not be totally depressed, but you certainly are not on top of the world. You know the kind of day it was.
When the weather turns cool I think of hearth and home - not really sure why, but I do. One of my favorite foods is Wolf Brand Chili, and it too makes me think of hearth and home. Another food is Campbell's Home Style Chicken Noodle Soup. When we packed our belongings and moved to Africa early in 2005, I made sure that we had plenty of both. Or at least I thought I did!
The Campbell's Soup was finished before 2008, but I was able to ration the Wolf Brand Chili. That wasn't really difficult seeing how Namibia is a desert country, and the climate is rather warm. I didn't get a hankering for chili all that often. Now Malawi is a different story. It is cool and wet and just right many days for a good hot bowl of Wolf Brand Chili.
Back to the "low" I experienced the other day. I went to the food pantry and dug around on the bottom shelf for a can of chili. To my surprise, there were only 5 cans left in the case. I tried to remember how many cases we had upon arrival in Malawi last year. There was only one case left - now that means there are only 5 cans left! Yes, I did open that can - remember, it was cold, wet, dark, and I needed hearth and home. What can I say, I find comfort in food!
The five remaining cans of Wolf Brand Chili are under lock and key - rationed just like tires, petrol, and nylons were in WWII. I am sure there will come another day that I REALLY need to feel hearth and home, and I plan to be ready!
"How long has it been since you've had a big, thick bowl of Wolf Brand Chili? Well, that's too long!"