I hadn’t hear a thing about what 2008 was the international year of until the local paper promoted a children program at the Sydney Botanical Gardens. You’ve got to wonder who decides the theme for the UN haven’t you, when they set aside a whole year to the promotion of…the Potato.
But, beside the obvious importance of potatoes as food and cash crops all over the world I wondered if there couldn’t be something else we could learn from the potato. So here it is.
Ten ways people can be like potatoes.
1. Ugly is beautiful: knobbly and dirty does not mean useless and maybe even beautiful
2. Versitility and flexibility: isn’t that why we love potatoes?
3. Life sustaining: whole nations rely on the protein that potatoes provide in abundance.
4. Not afraid of a little dirt: of course potatoes rely on it, but we also shouldn’t be afraid of a little hard work
5. Better roasted or fried: wouldn’t it be wonderful to say that you were as good under pressure as the humble potato?
6. Eyes everywhere: we have a great world, be aware of all the wonders in it.
7. Give generously: just like one small seed potato you grow food for a whole family.
8. Poisonous relatives doesn’t mean you have to be too.
9. Wonderful groundbreaker: trailblazers, where would the history of mankind be without them?
10. Willing to die to give new life: though the potato plant literally dies off when the potatoes are ready to harvest, we can give our all for the good we believe in.
I even thought of one way we should not be like potatoes:
One way not to be like a potato
1. Thin skinned and hard hearted: we need to get these two the other way around if we’re ever going to learn to live together.
HAPPY POTATO YEAR!