A Memorable Meal Essay

First of all, I want to begin this essay with a simple question: What does the concept of a memorable meal mean for me? Answering the question, I can mention that a memorable meal is an event that greatly influences human mind and can even change an attitude to existing reality. Moreover, a memorable meal is not an ordinary event, but it is something that can be remembered through many days, months and even years. Thus, the thesis of this essay is the following: while many people do not think over the events associating with their meal, kind persons are trying to fill their life with good deeds and interesting memories, and they do everything possible to remember every moment, even if it is seemingly ordinary meal.

My memorable meal is associated with a rather old story, but it changed my attitude to other people, especially to the homeless. So, a memorable meal of my description began in a cold winter day when I helped my friends to feed the homeless. Some people may argue that to feed the homeless is an ordinary practice for them, but I did it for the first time in that day, and I remember that day very brightly even now. The day began as all other days in my life, and from the early morning I was preparing to visit my relatives, but I heard a call, and that winter phone call have changed my plans. My friends invited me to go with them for the purpose to help others. Firstly, I considered that it is not a great idea because it was rather cold outside, but then I decided to forget about my selfish thoughts and went to my friend’s place.

Describing that day, I can say that we have prepared a lot of food for the homeless and helped other volunteers to save the homeless from a hunger and cold weather outside. Being honest, I can say that it was not easy to do for the first time because I was afraid of the homeless, considering them strange people, and their eyes were full of pain and despair; but then I have realized that they were people in trouble, and they really needed a help of others, and the help was not only in feeding them, but in giving them ordinary human warmth. Moreover, I found that the homeless had the same needs as I had or my friends had, and they also wanted to communicate because nobody wanted to listen to them.

Remembering that day, I want to add some additional details for the purpose to renew in the mind those people and my inner feelings. Firstly, I can say that we decided to feed the homeless in the hall of the social center that was near my friend’s house. Of course, there was an idea to feed the homeless in the hall of my friend’s house, but a home is a place for life and rest, so it is better to realize social projects in places which were created specially for these purposes. So, when the place was chosen, we cooked all food at home, and took it with us to the chosen place. The hall was rather big and light, and it was also very cozy. There were several tables and many chairs in it. We take one table to put all food on it, and the other tables we left for people to have a seat with their food.

Secondly, I want to say several words about the food. We have many dishes in mind, when we were preparing for that day, but a healthy logic and mind said us that the food should be hot, tasty and nutritious by the reason that it was cold outside and people needed not only hot food, but also dishes which would be able to add vital forces to their organisms. So, we cooked very tasty chicken soup, boiled potatoes with round steak, two kinds of vegetable salads, hot tea and coffee, and many pikelets.

Thirdly, I need to mention that we fed twenty persons and it was a great result because usually only ten or fifteen persons visited such social projects initiated by people who do not work in the center. Describing the homeless, I saw that all of them were dressed in rather old clothes, while many of them were dirty and smelled not in a pleasant way. Those people smelled like they had a bath a month ago, but even a bad smell was not a reason to refuse those people in our help. Moreover, especially that fact inspired me to collect all my good but old things and to give all of them to poor people.

And finally, one more detail made me to feel a pain in my heart, there was a little boy with his mother and they looked rather neat, but their eyes were sad and full of despair. When I talked with them they told me their sad story, and explained that they were not the homeless, but they had big problems with money, and that is why they were forced to visit such places where other people gave food for free. So, even such situations can happen in human life, and knowing about such facts we need to be attentive to people around us because sometimes we can help them without using extra forces from our side.

It is a truth that every person has the own story and the stories of those homeless with whom I talked greatly influenced my mind. As for me, it was not an act of kindness, it was a trip to the other world, where people were not looking for the best clothes or some new equipment, but were looking for something to eat, a place for rest, and a possibility not to loose remains of their human dignity. Broadening the scales of my perception, I have also understood that the homeless is a big problem of our society because the government may care about all the citizens of the country, and nobody may have bad life conditions or not to have a home at all. It is hard to say but the amount of food that people leave on their plates, or food which they emit in the garbage because of the expiration date, is so large that it is possible to feed most of the hungry people in the world. So, our nation is a nation of people who very often think only about own needs forgetting to turn around and to realize that our overuse destroys the surrounding world, including nature and human hearts.

In addition, feeding of the homeless was a kind of a memorable meal for me because it opened to me the world of people who lost everything, including their homes and most of relatives, and those people continued to struggle against iniquity in their attempts to survive. We used to think that homeless people do not care what other people think of them, and we also consider that they have immunity to the opinions of others. But having spent a day with the homeless it turned out that this was not the case. The homeless wanted a good relationship and they were wounded by disdain of passerby because such an attitude influenced their human feelings. Even being dirty outside, many of those people had very kind and pure souls, especially when the speech was going about little children. So, in more general sense, I understood that homeless people are waiting even for one not indifferent to them person, dreaming that someone will took them by the hand and led into another life.

In summary, I have described a memorable meal that I have had one winter day. Moreover, I have also realized from the events of that day that it is very easy to help others, to make a little miracle for others, and to be kind and polite with people who need ordinary human concern. It was not hard to help the homeless, but it was hard to see in own eyes that there are so many poor people, and that people are surviving in so hard conditions, dreaming about hot food and a place to sleep. So, the feeding of the homeless made me more patient to others, and now I try to make little acts of kindness as often as I can.

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