With the constant bombardment of news stories on the swine flu, it is easy to become panicky. However, I see this outbreak as an opportunity to assess our supplies in the context of a real threat. If a case of swine flu was confirmed in your local school, would your family be prepared to be quarantined in your home for 2 weeks? When you think of all the ingredients you would need to feed your family 3 meals a day for 14 days, without going to the grocery store, it helps you to see items you wouldn’t want to be without. If our local school had a swine flu case, I would have been quarantined without cheese for a couple of weeks (oh, the horror!). With a prayer of gratitude in my heart for the opportunity to shop, I eagerly bought two large bags at Costco today. It’s a silly thing, but quesadillas can sometimes equate to happiness in my household and I just don’t want to risk it. The powdered cheese in the #10 can is great in many recipes, but I just don’t think it will suffice between two tortillas.
Let’s use the steady reminders of illnesses and disasters to feel more prepared and less stressed about the future. Stock first aid and food storage supplies so that if you are ever quarantined, you can spend the time playing board games with your kids, not fretting over what to feed them.