Heaven in a Box

Heaven in a Box
By Damian Bloodstone (damianbloodstone@gmail.com)
Copyright © 7/1/2012  All Rights Reserved.  This cannot be copied in whole or in part without the author’s sole express permission.
WARNINGS:  Might make you think.
She climbed up on the rim and hopped into the shadowed container.  The sight and smell made her nearly gag.  As she moved bags, she tore into them until she found one that didn’t smell quite as bad as others did.  She broke it open looking at the contents.  Fishing through the stuff, she found fresher pieces of things to place in the small cardboard box.  She shook and scrapped some pieces to get off things that weren’t as good or already had too many bugs.  Silence and fear were her companions as she placed the box on top of the container.  It was illegal to do this and she knew the results too well from the bruises and abuse she had received from police and others.  She climbed up on the rim, looked around, and then hopped off onto the pavement.  The woman got her box and walked over to the dimly lighted corner of the adjacent building.
The smells coming from the building were heaven to her.  She looked at the small box lifting one of the pieces of meat.  It still tasted good enough and was almost the size of her palm.  The next piece was chicken, tasted freshly cooked; it was even juicy.  Tensing in fear, she heard the back door open and saw a woman with a large takeout box.
“We have some leftovers and mistakes.”  The cleanup person looked at her eating from the dumpster, hoping she could help in some small way.
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Until you have done this or something like it, you never truly know to what extents hunger will drive you to do.  If you don’t know hunger, do without food for one to three days.  It seems simple but on day two or three, you will be looking for food from any source.  Water isn’t even easy anymore since most places charge for it unless you buy something.  Even begging is out in most cities without a license of some type that you must pay for to get.
People waste up to half their food, on average, which they save after cooking or going to restaurants.  Remember this flasher before throwing food away, deciding to save something or cooking more than you need for one serving or meal.  You can usually find someone today, maybe even a neighbor out of work, which will more than appreciate what you have to give.  We must take care of each other, no one else will and the governments certainly won’t do it much longer.  Only as a community of people will we all survive what is in the days to come on this planet.
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