Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Just like my dad...

I haven't written a damn thing down in over two months. I haven't blogged about life, my children or the state of affairs. How many people want to listen to me moan about my brand new house? How many people want to read about my first world problems? Who, in their right mind, wants to be part of my pity party. NO ONE. I don't even want to be part of it.

Tonight, I learned a lesson. And I am better for it, and a tad bit poorer. (Sorry Jeff!)

I took James to dinner. We sat, ate, played on the ipad and reveled in the fact that our lives are not so hard. Well, James is 3 so his life is never too hard. How many 3 year olds get to say that?

We watched 46 high school seniors sit down at the tables surrounding us. They were dressed in prom like attire and were clearly reveling in the fact that they were in the "fancy" restaurant. This restaurant was my everyday, let's avoid it at all costs, restaurant.

These high school aged children, ages 16 - 18 have spent the last year raising money to tour California looking at colleges and lifestyles. These kids were beautiful and they made me cry.

I have never wanted for anything. The kids I watched tonight in the restaurant???? The rest of their lives will be a struggle. Will anyone care about them?

No one cared enough about those children abused by "Mr." Sandusky at Penn State. Who is caring about the thousands, most likely millions of nameless children around the globe who HAVE NO ONE?

Tonight I watched ten tables of young people on their best behavior. They raised hundreds of dollars to visit the colleges around my area in hopes of finding a place to belong.

I "gifted" a size able amount of money towards those young people's dinner. You know why? Because I could. My dad taught me to do this: GIVE.



Anonymous said...

And, your Dad would be very proud of you! Welcome back, HappyMommy!
If we don't care about those around us and realize how lucky and blest we are, we should be
ashamed! Gifting is a good thing -
how great that we can and even greater that we will!

Anonymous said...

AMEN! We are very proud also!! As "Anonymous" said, you have to care about others--there is WAY too much greed in this world now. Great Job! (Sorry Jeff)

Jerry Davis Aughtry said...

Tears to my eyes. Way to go , Rach. Who were these kids? I didn't quite understand. Plus, she's back. She's back.

Suzy said...

Obviously I know how generous you are and how kind and giving you're been to me but reading what you did for those teenagers was really something.

There is no social event on earth that can make up for a generous heart.