by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC
When I was a little kid, it was hard to gauge my hunger appropriately. I always ended up with leftover food on my plate – or, worse, a stomach ache – especially when it came to things like dessert or Halloween candy. So, my mom often reminded me, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” She was usually right. And, eventually, I learned to see things more clearly.
Of course, the appearance of all things “super-sized” demonstrates that many of us haven’t outgrown our misperceptions and misconceptions when it comes to how big and how much. Just take a look at our cars, our houses, our closets, our beverage containers and our dinner plates. Unfortunately, this habit has not served our world or our bodies well and though we’re starting to catch on, old habits die hard, as they say.
Take cars. I’ve always said, if only the people who really needed SUVs drove them, they wouldn’t be an environmental issue. And if we really looked at function and not form, wouldn’t a mini-van or a station wagon serve large families better? I’ve had my Prius since 2004 and many people tell me how they would love to have one, but they need more “space”. I’m not sure what that means exactly, when I have driven around often with 2 dogs, 4 passengers and hoops in the back.
In fact, yesterday’s incident in my Prius is what got me started on all this. We went to do our quarterly CSA group pick up – normally about 5 coolers of milk and a box of eggs – no problem. Well, yesterday, the other group in my area did not have a driver, so we hoped to be able to bring both groups back with us. I was skeptical – 10 large coolers in my Prius? Well, we started loading, and low and behold, with the back seats turned down, we fit (two people), all the coolers and a large box of eggs in the back, still allowing room to see out the back window.
If I had my camera, I could prove it, but you’ll have to just take to heart what I happen to glance at as we pulled out – it was in my sideview mirror, which today, I read as: “Things may be closer larger than they appear.”