I love this expression: "working to put food on the family's table". It moves me, whether it comes from the mouth of a labor union leader in a political talk show or from a character in a movie about pioneers in the wild west (even if, i guess, the reason it moves me has more to do with the latter than to the first). And it moves me whether it is expressed as "putting bread" or "putting food" or the simpler, less metaphoric "feeding the family".
I guess what I hear inside when I listen to these words is the sound of the little "archetype-me"(s) going out of the cave to hunt something or rather (due to my womanly nature:) to plant something.
The reality is I do not work just to put food on my child's table... but, hei, this is a phrase I do not get a kick from :). And just like so many of us/ you/ them out there, I sometimes get these little signals that all the other things I work for do not make me much happier than my "archetype-me"s used to be.
PS: I wrote an editorial article on IQads.ro that talks more on happiness, and simple things that get mistaken for cliches but are the actual truths that still make the world go around... and it has something more to do with research also :). As soon as it gets published there, we'll have it translated and put up here also.
PS2: I sometimes make bread (a slightly more sophisticated type) for my family, like the one in the picture above... but, I know, it is not the same thing :)