Romanians, And What’s On Our Mind


Every culture focuses on something. Romanians focus on not running out of food. It’s an “inheritance” from the communism regime. The food was scarce. We obtained it with much sacrifice and stress. Now, after 25 years, we try to deal with that residue the best we can. Because Romanians have plenty of food on the market now, but it’s expensive. The same stress and sacrifice. The biggest chunk of the income goes to buy food.
We become pretty animated in the markets and food stores, especially people over 40. How much is enough? One of my pastors used to ask. He gave the answer as well, “A little more.” This is the Romanians mind set when it’s about buying and making food. Too much. We know it and we do it again and again.
Romanian ladies know how to cook. In case of famine, we can make almost anything from anything. It’s in our gene to be resourceful.
What do we like most? Meats and sweets.
We know how to grow our own vegetables and fruit, and raise chickens, pigs and cows. Cutting poultry to provide meals for our families is not a problem. One chicken can feed a big gang.
We know how to make our own bread. We bake a lot. We have our family recipes from hundreds of years and we share them.
We can meat, vegetables and fruit, make our homemade juices, preserves and pickles.
We try to imitate this guy Paul who said, “I know how to live in lack and know how to live in abundance.”
We try.


One Day

Pepper the dog here-

I am supposed to be well behaved, patient, obedient, ready to listen, forgiving, a good friend, trustful, low voice talker, sidewalk walker, not a jumper on people, sharing my toys with others, not so independent, funny, not cranky, cat lover, other dogs lover…
One day I’ll be all of this. Where is my bone?

From the Well of a Deep Thinker – Pepper the Dog

Flies – their way of communication is understandable in any language. They land on you, sit on you, wake you up. They like you. You don’t like them.

Airplanes- something up high in the sky. They make no harm since they can not come down when you bark at them. Their noise is less then of the helicopters’.

Helicopters – have strong lights during the night, so that you can see your toes in your bed. You don’t pay them to come. They just come. The noise they make is strong enough to make Uncle Joe speak in his sleep. You don’t know Uncle Joe. He is new around here.

Sidewalk- a hot area along the green lawns during the days. You can find there a coin or even a snail when you walk. The snail can be in a hurry to get to his fellows under the bushes because of the heat in August.

Food – good or bad stuff. Most of the time is good because of the chicken breast and beef that accompany it. Pancakes, breads, muffins are so and so. Fruit, you don’t touch them. Eggs, the forgotten butter on the counter, chilly beef, soups without lids, try them all and decide for yourself. Fish can be good or not, cat food – boring. Your own food in your own bowl – if it’s from today, taste it.If it’s from yesterday, put it in the trash.

Friends- they love you no matter what. You love them back.

Strange dogs in the park – give them a chance. They can share their treats with you.

Pepper – that’s me.