A Thousand Reasons to Love Salt

Salt used to be rare. Gold was even exchanged for it.

One day, while visiting the Adam Thoroughgood House, built around 1680 to 1720, the tour guide showed us a saltbox. (Several styles exist, and the colonial-style saltbox house resembles one of these containers.) This particular replica was a wooden box with a lock, and it made a beautiful table display.

But how many of us value salt now – or even know its history? Something that seems insignificant is worth more than we realize. It’s old and has many stories to tell. But we shove a cardboard container of it (hopefully iodized sea salt) up on the shelf somewhere, not giving it much consideration unless we have to use it for a recipe. Or, if we think about it, we’ll sprinkle it on slick winter sidewalks to melt the ice. If you really get to know this mineral, you’ll find a thousand reasons to love it, just like baking soda and vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.

Salt is a lot like people. Specifically, salt is a lot like people who have been on this planet for many years. Like salt, though, they’re often seen as expendable, insignificant, and are often forgotten about.

Maybe it’s a good time to go through the cabinets and take inventory. After all, it is springtime. It’s a good season for healthful changes. Maybe by really considering all items on our shelves – and all people our culture says aren’t worth much — we’ll discover new ways to appreciate them in our lives and, consequently, our hearts…

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