The other day, I asked someone the following question: If I say “bread” and “virtue” together what springs to mind?
I received an answer that pleased me, moved me, and gave me strength. Here was the answer:
“Bread and virtue is a perfect combination of words. It is a reality check for everyone who sees those two words together. It invites us to ask questions: Where does it come from? What is the inspiration? Who is behind it and why?”
My name is Jane Mason. I am a Canadian of German and British extraction although neither of my parents lived in their birth countries for very long. My mother made it to Canada via England and Puerto Rico and my Father via China, Japan, Hong Kong, and, finally as a refugee from England. If I have one word to describe my parents, it is that they are kind. If I have more than one word it is that they are conscious of they live their lives and the ways in which their lives are fortunate. Further, they are aware of and responsible as regards the natural world, and make tradeoffs and choices accordingly.
My parents’ generation does not waste food, and preserves food when there is a glut of something. Scarcity in childhood has led an entire generation to think about, talk about, prepare, share, and eat food with a sense of wonder and good fortune, regardless of the security they have in the present.
In Virtuous Bread there is the obvious play on the word bread, variously meaning the thing that we eat, the basic necessities of life, and money. Earn honestly and spend wisely. Take care of the people around you. Look after the planet. Be responsible. Learn to make something out of nothing. Rise.