This is the true story…

B. Todd Bright

B. Todd Bright (BF '13), division director, communication, Kentucky Farm Bureau

by B. Todd Bright, Bingham Fellows Class of 2013 –

I wore husky jeans as a child.

Sears kept the husky jeans in the back of the sales floor;  perhaps, it was a strategy to make the more robust children walk a bit further than the rest.  Late each summer, my mother took me back-to-school shopping.  Every year we bought new blue jeans.  Every year my mother asked where the “husky” sizes were.  Every year the sales lady would respond in a volume much too loud for a conversation, “HUSKY! Those are way back there!”

So me, and my mother, would walk past blue jeans sewn together with self-esteem to hang out with other stout children who were dreading another year with limited fashion options and hoping this would be the year of our growth spurt.

And that’s why I am in Bingham Fellows.

Our mission:  Develop a Smart Food Culture.  What does that mean?  I don’t know.  And if I did know, I don’t think I would be staying true to our journey.  We are here to listen first, act later.  Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone did that?  It is a journey with a destination, but we won’t discover the destination for another few months.  We must discover together.

So on January 24th, I began my food culture journey with 49 strangers, picked to meet regularly, work together and have our lives connected to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.