Junk Food for the Dead

For the past few mornings, I’ve had to drive by a roadside shrine for someone who was killed in a traffic accident. There are a few bouquets of flowers wrapped in cellophane,and also a few cans of beer and bags of chips. Call me crazy, but I’ve always found it a little strange that people put out packs of cigarettes for those who died from lung cancer, or bars or chocolate for someone who might have lived longer had they followed a healthier lifestyle. It seems like a bowl of brown rice and some steamed vegetables would be better nourishment for the spirits. But then again, it’s more about appeasement than nutrition, I guess.

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