May 18, 2013 : Why did I choose food as escape for this photo challenge?
Food is an escape for many of us who are depressed, tired, frustrated and feeling inadequate. Personally, I have found comfort in food when I was tired or in pain.
A few years ago I read ” Stolen Lives” -the story of Malika Oufkir’s turbulent and remarkable life. http://www.amazon.com/Stolen-Lives-Twenty-Desert-Oprahs/dp/0786868619
On August 16, 1972, Malika’s father was arrested and executed after an attempt to assassinate the king. Malika, her five younger brothers and sisters and her mother were immediately imprisoned in a desert penal colony. During the long imprisonment Malika imagined the foods and feasts that she had experienced in her life before imprisonment which helped her and her siblings survive prison.
We have an estimated 16.7 million children who live in food insecure households in America: one of the most powerful nation’s on earth. http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts/child-hunger-facts.aspx
When one cannot afford it , “imagining food” becomes an escape for the hungry and starving “have-nots”.
The first four comments were written before this conclusion was added to the article and the two readers/commenters had only seen the food pictures of the escape photo challenge then.