I pay the premium to buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts. My husband once remarked that people have it too easy, when you can just go and buy your food at the store, boneless skinless, and not think twice as to how it got that way. He thought people should know the whole "process" and truly appreciate it before they should be allowed that luxury.
Ok - he's a nut, but he may have a point. Now I look at all sorts of "conveniences" and wonder about the process.
And..... as I reminded him, believe me - I know the process. I've seen a field-dressed deer.... I've seen how a quail goes from "cute" to "dinner." One of my worst childhood memories is of my brother and I sitting in the garage, plucking pheasants for my Dad. It was THE WORST THING I've probably ever done. I don't know why it bothered me so much, but I cried through the whole thing. It wasn't the first time I'd seen a dead bird. I grew up around people who hunted - I understood the whole nature=food connection, and it generally didn't bother me too much.
But that....**shudder** ...maybe it was the smell, the feel of the bird..., really the whole process. But, I tell ya - it scarred me for life. I mentioned this to my dad a few years ago and, well, first he laughed... but then he apologized. He had no clue he'd scarred me for life - how horrible it was and what a vivid and gross memory it has become!
Eww - sorry 'bout that... That may have been too vivid a description of the "process" - point made. Thanks for sticking with me if you're still reading at ths point!
So - on loving and appreciating the process - as I continue to work on my "First Class Shawl" (my name), otherwise known as "Wrap Yourself In Nature" from my new Inspired Cable Knits, by Fiona Ellis - WOW - I really appreciate the fact that I can just buy the book, and someone else has gone through the process. I realize I have not truly gushed over this book properly yet. It just boggles my mind. The designs and cable patterns in this book are remarkable- true works of art.
Ms. Ellis has completely won me over. She has not only come up with beautiful and unique cable patterns, all "inspired," but she then creates the perfect garments to compliment them.... and I can't even begin to wonder how it all goes from idea, to knitted sample, to charting and patterning. I appreciate and am in awe of the process.
This book has 20 patterns, and I seriously want to make at least 10 of them. Did I tell you how much I love this book?
and, as for dinner tonight - I have NO desire to know how this got from cow to my freezer, but I'm sure I appreciate the process.