A land of plenty

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opnion -

WITH the pres­sures on mod­ern liv­ing and the time con­straints on fam­i­lies, it is not un­usual to hear par­ents vent­ing with ut­ter­ances such as “Oh, how I do hate hav­ing to do gro­cery shop­ping!”

But when one looks at the dev­as­ta­tion caused to farm­ers by floods and other dis­as­ters, it is amaz­ing to see the abun­dance of fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles be­ing dis­played on the shelves at su­per­mar­kets and green­gro­cers.

Not to men­tion the fresh bread, milk, the va­ri­ety of meats, chicken, fish and so many other de­li­cious and won­der­ful prod­ucts. We are in­deed very priv­i­leged to be so spoilt for choice, in spite of the hard­ships which the farm­ers are fac­ing from sea­son to sea­son.

And even when scarcity de­mands that we pay a lit­tle more for a par­tic­u­lar product in or­der to keep our farm­ers from go­ing bank­rupt, I am per­son­ally quite happy to do so, even though I do have to watch my pen­nies like so many other pen­sion­ers.

You need only to see the masses of peo­ple in other parts of the world try­ing to eke out a liv­ing on pu­trid dump heaps, or oth­ers dev­as­tated by on­go­ing wars, to re­alise how proud and grate­ful we should be to be liv­ing in such a land of plenty which is our coun­try, Aus­tralia!

Rosa Larsen, River­ton.

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