I was in the grocery store the other day and there was a woman and her daughter in line. I’m not one to listen in to other peoples conversations but these two were being loud and it was one of those times when you can’t help but overhear. The daughter had to be no more than 16 years old. She was well-dressed for a 16 year old with all the high end labels, even with a Michael Kors handbag – which we all know are pretty expense (even when discounted) and texting on her iPhone 5. The extent of the conversation wasn’t that important – usual teenage and parent stuff but it was when her mother made a comment about a front page story on a newspaper that was by the check-out and the response given by her daughter that made me want to write this post.
The newspaper story was about a young family that was barely surviving and this journalist asked the mother of this family about some of the hardest times. The mother goes on to explain that it’s the times when she can’t afford any food for her child and she is forced to let her child go hungry.
Coming back to the mother and daughter in line at the grocery store, the mother commented that this was sad and the daughter, in all her 16 year old-I-Have-everything ignorance said, “Who cares about these people anyways, they have nothing to do with me. It sucks to be them but honestly Mom, nobody cares”.
My first reaction was to hit this girl across the head (which took a lot of strength from me not too) but I also wanted to hit the Mom who didn’t say anything to her daughter. Nothing.
So this is the main reason for my post. What has happen to us as a society? We have everything. Everything at our grasp and we have this type of attitude toward people suffering. I know this is not indicative of everyone’s feelings out in the world but poverty is still around. We still have people that have everything and those that don’t.
1. Appreciate what you have and never forget it (a lot of us don’t know what it feels like to be starving, to lose our dignity…)
2. Donate (whether it be your time or your money)
3. Pressure governments, organizations, and the 1% to help people who are struggling