Eat Soup To Keep You Warm This Winter
Claire Miles - January 20, 2022

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

Do you have a cold? Or maybe just a bad day when you’re tired and hungry? Well, one of the best things you can do is eat some soup. Why? Well, that’s simple. Soups are warm, they provide nutrients for your body, they give you the energy to be able to do what needs to be done, and last but not least, they’re tasty! Soups are a staple food, especially in the winter months. You can cater them to your tastes by adding your favorite veggies and whatever spices your heart desires. The options are endless, not to mention, so easy to make. They don’t have to be elaborate, but you can just throw things in a pot and a masterpiece emerges.

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First, start off with the first reason for eating soup, and that’s because it’s warm! When you have a cold and are generally sick, it’s important to keep your body warm. It will help everything (including breathing) to be easier on you. Not only is soup good for colds, but it’s also good to make you feel better when you’re tired. When your body is tired, it needs rest. That means it’s harder to be productive, especially if you aren’t feeling well! So try eating some soup before bedtime to help relax and recover your energy! Some warm tea even works! Secondly, soup is nutritious. There are many vitamins and minerals that help to keep your body healthy.┬áThere are so many other benefits of soup, but I can’t list them all.

When it comes to the wintertime, there is nothing better than a nice steaming bowl of soup on a cold day. Soup has been around for centuries and can be found in many different countries. In Ancient Greece, Hippocrates used soup on his patients as an important part of their diets. Many Greek and Roman soldiers had soup as their main course during wars. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, soups were considered a meal for peasants and poorer people: soups did not contain meat and were usually just vegetables or grains boiled in water. Today, soup is something we eat more than anything else during the wintertime. Soup is, by all means, the easiest of any dish. It is delicious, it’s easy to make, and you can put virtually everything in soup. So get your ingredients ready, sit back, and relax with a warm bowl of cozy soup.