A Tale of Two Potatoes

vpaulose By vpaulose, 27th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It is an interesting story about scarcity of food and how a mom tactically solves the problem. Moms are known for their sacrifice. This is a fitting story in this Month of Mothers.

A great truth taught by mom

When my mom told us this parable of two potatoes I was laughing at her. My sister also joined with me with her innocent laughter. I could not understand anything about the story she told.

I thought it was just a joke to mention that we had only very little to eat. We had nothing to eat and my mother had only two boiled potatoes on the table.

The story may have no meaning for you. But the circumstances that led my mom to tell this story cannot be forgotten by me, even after these sixty years.

Scarcity at home

Yes, those were the days of famine that followed the Second World War. The money my dad brought could not provide the food we needed.

Most of the days in a week, he came back from the factory, without any work because the factory where he worked announced that day as “lay off”.

This lay off was repeated often. If there was no work how could he get money to feed his family? If the breadwinner comes home without money what can the mom do?

The great meaning of the tale

My mom had a great meaning behind her story. Two potatoes are better than one. If there is nothing to eat, just one potato will never be enough.

In that case we may feel the need for “one more.” If there are two; it is a feast. It shows the importance of being contented with what we have.

When my mom convinced us by explaining why we had to be contented, our little minds tried to grasp the great truth behind the “Potato Parable.”

God feeds us in several ways. But we do not understand His divine providential way. We grumble and complain that what we have is not enough. What is the secret of satisfaction?

My mom’s potato parable made me understand the words of St. Paul to Philippians:

He writes, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th May 2015 (#)

Thanks for this meaningful, evergreen, share dear VP. Let us never forget the basics.

We tend to think of what we don't have than count the blessings for what we have. My take is - one house is an asset while more than one becomes a liability at least to our peace of mind. We have everything for all our needs but not for one man's greed - siva

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author avatar vpaulose
27th May 2015 (#)

It is greed that leads to many vices, dear Siva, thanks.

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author avatar brendamarie
27th May 2015 (#)

Great story. Great meaning. We need to look at what they have in the lives and be grateful for it.

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author avatar vpaulose
27th May 2015 (#)

Thank you dear Brenda for sharing.

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author avatar Kingwell
27th May 2015 (#)

Thank you my friend for a very fitting story. If we would all remember to count our blessings instead of complaining about what we don't have, we would be a much happier people. I have always liked that quote from Paul. Blessings.

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author avatar vpaulose
27th May 2015 (#)

Thank you for the heartfelt appreciation.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th May 2015 (#)

Good points, it is how we look at it.

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author avatar vpaulose
27th May 2015 (#)

My dear Guruji Mark, it is long since I could see your words.

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author avatar snerfu
27th May 2015 (#)

Yes, enough is as good as a feast. Nice article.

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author avatar vpaulose
27th May 2015 (#)

It is with grateful heart that I read your comment, dear brother Snerfu.

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author avatar Retired
27th May 2015 (#)

Awesome share!

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author avatar Helen Thomas
12th Jun 2015 (#)

Great Story, Beautifully expressed. Thanks for sharing VP. Blessings!

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author avatar vpaulose
13th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you dear Helen for reading and appreciating. I would like to be your friend.

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author avatar peachpurple
6th Jul 2015 (#)

do you have the detail story of the two potatoes? Never herd of it

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author avatar vpaulose
3rd Aug 2015 (#)

The theme is important. Thanks.

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