Share Your World – 2014 week 29

Have you ever been in a submarine? If you haven’t, would you want to? I haven’t and I wouldn’t want to. I don’t feel comfortable in enclosed spaces.

Are you a listener or talker? Both, as a matter of fact.

Do you prefer crunchy peanut butter or smooth peanut butter? Anything with your peanut butter? Ah, peanut butter! First tasted after the war in primary school, a gift from the UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) to the war-affected children of Yugoslavia. This gooey, sticky, strange spread and a glass of powdered milk tasted really nice. It was smooth peanut butter. In Australia I discovered the crunchy version which I like even better.

Here is what I found about UNRRA on Wikipedia:
The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) was an international relief agency, largely dominated by the United States but representing 44 nations. Founded in 1943, it became part of the United Nations in 1945, was especially active in 1945 and 1946, and largely shut down operations in 1947. Its purpose was to “plan, co-ordinate, administer or arrange for the administration of measures for the relief of victims of war in any area under the control of any of the United Nations through the provision of food, fuel, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities, medical and other essential services”.[1] Its staff of civil servants included 12,000 people, with headquarters in New York. Funding came from many nations, and totaled $3.7 billion, of which the United States contributed $2.7 billion; Britain $625 million and Canada $139 million.

As a family we received cartons of food marked Breakfast, Dinner, and there must have been Supper too,  I’m sure. I remember clearly that Breakfast was maroon and Dinner blue, Supper must have been green. I liked everything but chewing gum was best!

I was quite disappointed when the recess rations of peanut butter and milk stopped in 1947.

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Have you ever been drunk? Oh yes, I’m ashamed to admit. But that was long ago when I was young and foolish. I don’t drink alcohol at all these days.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful for my husband’s improved health. And I’m looking forward to going for a walk with him.

I enjoyed answering these questions, Cee.

© 2014 Irina Dimitric

About irinadim

Kookaburra sweet, you neither chirp nor tweet. Your laughter is much like mine, my cackle is much like thine. We are two sister souls, one clad in feathers, the other in clothes. ~ Irina ~ I’m a budding blogger. Poetry and photography are my newest passions, living in perfect harmony inspiring each other. I like both free verse and form poetry and am quite proud to let you know that I am the creator of a new form named ‘tercetonine’. Blog Name: Irina's Poetry Corner Blog URL:
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4 Responses to Share Your World – 2014 week 29

  1. pambrittain says:

    I hope you take lots of walks together.

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