By John Christie
Over the years, I wish I had a dollar for every time I prayed as I was taught "Give us this day our daily bread". As I entered adulthood, I found out, of course, that bread is not given to us, we pay for it. According to news of late, if you shop at one of the major grocery chains, there has been some price-fixing going on, so our daily bread might have cost us more than it should have. I wonder about that. Seems to me that, at least every other week, bread is on special where we shop. Two loaves for five bucks. Anyway, I'm less concerned with price, than with freshness. Seems to me that, too many times, the loaves on the shelves are less than fresh. Judging from the grumbles I've heard from other shoppers, I'm not alone. I hear from the environmental experts that we Canadians are a wasteful lot, and throw out more food than we should. But what's a guy to do, when, halfway through a loaf of bread, it has become stale, because it wasn't fresh on purchase? I realize fully that, on the list of challenges facing our world in this New Year, fresh bread is not top priority. That said, I am prepared to pay what the supermarket asks, within reason, if only I can be given this day a FRESH loaf of bread. Even tomorrow would be soon enough.