SPAM

Good morning!

SPAM.
It’s not just the junk in your mail.
When we think of spam, most of us visualize that folder of junk mail in our email box. But to the people of Hawaii it’s anything but junk.

A little fun fact for you. 🙂
Hawaii consumes more Spam than any other state in the union. To the tune of some 7 million cans a year.

According to the SPAM website, the island’s love affair with Spam began in World War II when GIs were served the salty luncheon meat because it didn’t require refrigeration and had a long shelf life.

Army soldiers would often refer to it as “Special Army Meat.” It’s also been said to be short for “spiced ham” or an acronym for “shoulders of pork and ham”. Where exactly the name came from we are unsure. All I know is surpluses of Spam made their way from the battlefields to most every menu in Hawaii.  It’s even on the menus in McDonald’s and Burger King!

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I know I tried it as a kid. Once. A fried SPAM sandwich.  Not a fan. 😦 I thought it tasted like dog food.  (Not that I’ve tasted alot of dog food in my day. LOL) I just remember it being very salty. Too salty. And too fake.

Speaking of salty, did you know as Christians we are deemed the salt of the earth because our lives enhance and give meaning to man’s existence?

Salt is necessary for all known living creatures. It is a dietary mineral used for flavoring and preservation.Too much or too little can be harmful. Salt intake regulates the water content in our bodies.

The sea is full of salt. But the only way to extract it is through the process of boiling (removing the water to retain the salt). Sound familiar?  Perhaps that is why many of us have to personally go through trials to bring forth the salt in each of us. Wouldn’t you rather be better than bitter?

Let’s all make sure we are being like salt. Enhancing life for others. Preserving the faith. Be like Spam. Don’t ever lose your salt! Never become tasteless, good for nothing.
Aloha! 🙂

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
Matthew 5:13

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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