It’s not what you don’t have that breaks you, it’s when you don’t think you matter, that you become broken.
Love the traditions this time of year. Putting up the lights, decorating the tree. Personal favorite: The Great Pre-Christmas Toy Purge.
Got motivated yesterday and went through the kids toy boxes and purged stuff that they don’t play with it…filled up 2 bags to donate… while the sunshines were turning a box into a boat with crayons…ironic.
Do this every year to make room for the influx of new toys. It just feels so excessive sometimes.
Took the bags out to my car last night, than turned on 60 minutes while cleaning up the kitchen and tossing some leftover chicken nuggets in the trash.
I met Austin and Ariel. Two kids that seemed about 12 and 15 that are homeless. Their mom died recently, their Dad is out of work, their home was foreclosed, and now they are living in a truck, and they look at it as an adventure. Ariel said, “It’s not really that much of an embarrassment, it’s only life. You do what you need to do, right?”
It’s life for a lot of kids. 1 out of every 4 kids in America lives in poverty, and here I am living in such excess where I have bags of things to give away.
Austin and Ariel, don’t complain about what they don’t have. They make the best out of it. They go the library every day to study, use the computer, and stay warm. In the interview, Ariel said, in her words she wants to be a “child defense attorney”. I think that she just might grow up to be the best one ever.
It’s not what you don’t have that breaks you, it’s when you don’t think you matter. Austin and Ariel matter.