16 thoughts on “Day 151: Hunger

  1. Oh my god, Carrot. I had to stare off into space for awhile after this. I feel terribly for you and your childhood. Wishing that instead, you had someone who cared for and nurtured you. And, at the same time I have to say that this is awesome writing! I’m so glad that you made it to Stehekin, even if it was just barely.

  2. So far, I’ve read only a few of your blog entries. Your perseverance is amazing. I too feel terribly sorry about the hunger and neglect you suffered as a child. I think to myself, didn’t people notice how thin and hungry you were? Why didn’t someone help? How full of holes our support systems are. Then I wonder how many people in the small southern Oregon town I live in are in similar dire straits. This is powerful writing.

  3. I am glad you made it to a place of nourishment and shelter. This entry has stirred up so many thoughts and emotions for me. After all, that’s what art does. Although I was physically and mentally abused as a child, I have never gone hungry. I find myself profoundly grateful for that. I am sorry that you had to struggle through the hell of starvation as a defenseless child. Your writing has inspired…no, more like compelled me to help those in my community who have fallen through the cracks in the areas of aid and resources. Thank you, Carrot.

  4. …And the hits keep coming. Your writing is great! These posts from the Wa. section of the PCT reach a new level of excellence for me. If you write a book I’ll buy it!
    Thanks, JimD

  5. This is a powerful post Carrot. I also suppose it is also representative of the power of the PCT – that it brings you to the essence of who you are and what you can overcome (and in your case, have overcome).

    I have so thoroughly enjoy reading about your PCT adventures for the past several months that I’m beginning to get a bit sad it will all be coming to a close. I will continue to read your posts though because like many I care about you and how you’re doing as the next chapter of your life unfolds.

    Best Wishes for the New Year!
    Your fan,

  6. This post made me cry. My little 2 year old girl is warm in her bed, well fed, and it breaks my heart that many kids don’t have that. Your writing is so powerful, and it seems you have gone through a lot in your life. You should write a biography! Best wishes, and may the nachos run freely throughout the rest of your life!

  7. Wow. One powerful post. Just want to give you a great big hug (and lots of food). You are an amazing woman who writes beautifully. Thank you.

  8. It’s quite telling to me that despite just facing down maybe the worst demons of your life, when you found that Luna bar, you shared it.

  9. I’m so glad that this section is written from the future, where I know you are safe and okay! This post was really moving, Carrot. Thanks for writing it.

  10. “I still have issues with food. There always has to be food, and I need to somehow be in complete control of the food. I obsess about what I’m eating, which has manifested itself in different ways throughout my life. And I eat faster than anyone I know.”

    My dad used to hide food from my sister and me. I used to get so angry with the money for cigarettes and prescription drugs (my mom the pill junkie who lived on pills, soda and Marlboros) and Pepsi and gambling and nothing left for food. My heart broke during this post (for the millionth time). I also have a deep need to always have food and I will buy whatever I want no matter the cost because we will eat well!

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