Meatloaf for China

Parents no longer tell children reluctant to eat a certain food “Children in China are starving.”

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“Let’s mail the meatloaf to starving children!”

My generation had to suffer through guilt at not eating, because somewhere in China a child was dying from lack of food.  I am actually sure ,that when I was a young child, most of the children living under the rule of Chairman Mao were fed fairly well.  My mother was simply repeating what she had heard as a child.  Chinese children were better fed under communist rule. Godless but rice bowls filled, parents can no longer use Chinese children to get their American children to clean their plates.

I never believed, as many of my friends did, that eating everything on my plate made some child in China say “I feel much better, I don’t think I’ll die today!”  Instead, I asked, more than once, if perhaps I could just mail my  meatloaf to China.  My problem wasn’t clearing my plate, my problem was my mother’s meatloaf.

I ate everything else with ease.  I wasn’t fond of peas, but I could eat them if they were served with mashed potatoes.  Mixed all together, it’s still the only way I eat peas.

But my mother’s meatloaf had something wrong with it.  I could not choke it down.  The rest of the family happily ate it.  My mother would point out I could eat hamburgers, so why not her meatloaf.  All I know is it had things in it.  She wouldn’t just mold the ground beef, she had a recipe and would add things.  I remember breadcrumbs, eggs, onions, celery and various spices.  Something she added looked like  insect legs after baking.  Something else had a real crunch, perhaps it was a bit of egg shell or perhaps it was a dead beetle.

I was once spanked for not eating the meatloaf.  Actually I had been informed I WOULD eat it.  I tried, and threw up right onto my dinner plate after ingesting beetle parts.  Or maybe a bit of eggshell.  We’ll never know for sure.

After that the family gave up.  The spanking reinforced my aversion to meatloaf.

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Ready to poison me again, mom in her kitchen

When people ask if there is anything I can not eat, I’m sure they are a bit surprised when I say “Meatloaf.”  I know they really want to know if I am a vegetarian or vegan, but it’s important they know  I am a non meatloafarian.  I won’t eat it.  My problem is memories of guilt for starving Chinese children and that spanking. I also I have never made, nor will I ever make, meatloaf.

Hamburgers, yes.

Meatballs, yes.

Meatloaf, never.

I’m sorry China.

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2 replies

  1. I was like that with pea soup for years. Now I can choke it down but I am a long way from liking it.

  2. Sprouts were the bane of my life. I was always told they were good for me but it was like trying to eat sweaty socks. Even today I loathe them. A care package to Africa was what was always needed on a Sunday in our house.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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