Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Word of Common Sense

Photo from here. And yes, I realize this is a dairy cow. But isn't she a beaut?

Today I would like to share a little wisdom nugget.

You probably already know this, because you are smart. And because it is common knowledge.

But, for reasons still unidentifiable, I never knew this. Or if I did, it never sunk in.

It should have. It makes perfect sense. I just never stopped to think it through. Or something like that.

Anyway, ya'll ready for this?

You know how the Word of Wisdom (a scriptural guide for nutrition and respect for our bodies that Merica and I believe in, and aspire to live by) tells us to eat meat sparingly, in times of winter, cold or famine?

Well, stay with me here, do you know that meat has a season?

I know. It's increasingly difficult in our age of processing and freezers and refrigerators and season-defying food growing/producing practices to determine the true season of just about everything.

But even meat has a season.

And can you guess what that season is?

Yep. Winter.

Cause when are the baby cows and lambs and pigs born (on a small, family farm)? Spring.

And how long does it take for them to grow and mature before they are/can be sent to the slaughter?

About the same amount of time it takes for winter to come.

Anyway, I found it an interesting coincidence.

But maybe that's just me. I find random small things interesting.

I figure, if the "hidden treasures" promised for keeping the Word of Wisdom are half as good as the ice cream at the end of the treasure hunt I set up for my kids last night for FHE, then I'm going to figure out how to live it a little better.

Also, the "not faint" part would come in pretty handy. Especially since I have a tendency to random fainting. But that's another mysterious story.


  1. I think this is as hard to live by as going without sugar. We love meat at our house (the first pic message Joel sent me yesterday from Florida was the giant steak he ordered for dinner). But it is something I want to be better at. I think that's why I've started to cook my own beans for the first time in my life because that's a good substitute for meat, right? I'm pretty new to all this. I love what you said about the "hidden treasures." So true.

    1. I know, Marianne. I know. I am not really a big meat-eater, but boy howdy, when I want meat, I want meat! And, as you know, hamburgers are my eternal downfall. I have just slowly been meatless-ifying our meals for the past few years. It's a process. No need (and no way!) to be perfect right off the get-go.

  2. Awesome post Andrea. I love to get input from others on the WOW. Everyone gets something a little different out of it, I suppose depending on what stage of life they're in. Anyway, I hadn't really thought about it that way before. It's hard to grasp (put into practice) the concept of eating in season, when we have everything available year round.