Teddy waits patiently as I bake each day.
Thank you for all the comments on my last post. I am not doing anything so special. I am just trying to understand life a bit better. What I have come to realize is that I truly did not understand poverty until recently. I mean, we hear about it constantly. Like many things, I think it becomes background noise and we tend to tune it out. I always assumed that if anyone wanted an education and worked hard enough, there are scholarships to be had. This is not the case. In some areas, like this small town we've adopted, there are none at all. How does this impact these areas? Well, if there is no chance of attending college, why would anyone work hard in high school. If no matter how hard you work and how good your grades are you still can not go to college, why put any effort into it at all? This explains the high dropout rate. And why knock yourself out to get a minimum wage job when welfare pays you almost the same amount of money. This explains the fight to get the minimum wage raised. If you could make significantly more money at a minimum wage job, you are likely to get off of welfare.
Maybe the dishes need a little puppy cleaning?
The people I've met in this town don't even think about their future. They literally just try to get through each day. They struggle to find food to feed their families. The Blog Tech took cases of soup along with baby food to the town the other day. We do this each week. Again, I didn't give it much thought, I just knew it was needed. He came back and told me that one of the young mother's thanked him profusely and told him that she got two cans of soup the week before and she and her kids ate it for three days. She has three kids. How in the world can four people live off of two cans of soup for three days? It's just not right. I guess when we see the 'cans for the needy' donation carts at the checkout, we shouldn't pass them by. I don't want to sound preachy, I am just passing on what I am learning. Especially at this time of year, I am really appreciating my life.
Someone told me this recently:
Poverty kills your long term vision, which is the biggest challenge when motivating young people and getting them on track.
So so true.