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The Legacy of a Free Lunch

In September of 2012, I attended an IT summit in California.  It was a large event and I enjoyed painting the content of many of those who spoke about HIT (Health Information Technology.)  On the second day, a speaker began to jokingly to disparage hot lunch at elementary school.  The audience began to titter in agreement and the speaker concluded with a sarcastic rhetorical question, “Who would ever eat school lunch?” I looked up from my painting and quietly and said, “I would.”  A couple hours later I was able to get on stage and explain the paintings I had created.  Then I asked how many of those in this room had been a free lunch child.  There was an uncomfortable shifting in the seats as very few people raised their hands.  I told them I was a free lunch child and I would never turn down the nourishment that sustained me nor make fun of…