Monday, March 23, 2009

Inspirational Monday: Waste Not, Want Not...

As a little girl, my grandmother would make me recite this poem when I felt the urge to throw away "good" food just because I didn't want it. So keeping in mind all those who live without on this Inspirational Monday, here is:

Waste Not, Want Not

I shall not throw on the floor
the stuff I cannot eat
cause many hungry little ones
would think it quite a treat.
Tis wistful waste make woeful want
and I will live to say
how I wish I had that little crumb
I once had thrown away

(Author unknown)

*Just noticed that this is my 100th post. Whoo-hoo !!!

10 comments:

vchelle said...

We think we need so much but then when you see someone surviving off of so little, it hits a nerve. I'm inspired to instill this message in my daughter. Thanks for reminding me.

margie said...

very appropriate these days. i think i will drag my sick body out of bed and make oatmeal cookies. not because i feel like it but because i am freezing and the smell of cookies will warm me up!!

lisaschaos said...

Great poem and I think that's what would end up happening. I would toss it aside only to dream of it later.

Katie in MA said...

I completely agree with the sentiment...but I am much more like that with money than I am with food. When I'm eating, I always leave a little behind. (And, wow, do I feel bad about that right now.) But with money, I always think, will I need that later? Will I regret spending this? Even if it's something that I absolutely need, I can't shut off the whispering worries in my head.

Christina said...

Congrats on 100 posts!! Your Grandmother... very smart woman. : )

SE'LAH... said...

*Give thanks to all for your continued visits to my Necessary Room. I enjoy and appreciate all your comments and shared insight.

One Love, Se'Lah

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Now this may very well be the best 100th post I have ever read. I love that you still remember a poem that you memorized as a child.

-Francesca

sunnymama said...

Great poem!

Robert T. Franson said...

Here is a slightly different version that my Godmother used to quote to me:

"Waste not want not for I shall live to say I wish I had the [carrots] I threw away one day. We should not throw away the food we cannot eat, for there may be ones less fortunate who would think it quite a treat."

Anonymous said...

Growing up back in the islands this promotion was engrained in our minds at preschool and elementary school