I think people are inherently kind, giving and want to love. I really do. I think we struggle so hard to make it in the world and watch folks get ahead that we may think don't deserve to, and get mad. And get even...we think, it's just not fair.
I tell my kids, "life isn't fair" alot. Because it isn't. It isn't fair at all really. Think about all those folks when you were a kid that had the perfect families. The perfect parents and yours were just a joke. They had all the latest things, they were funny, nice and looked better than your family. We had those folks on Round Hill Drive. I always wished I was invited to their house for dinner because even their mother made better food than mine. And it wasn't fair!!!
I have gotten past all of that...or so I think, but it makes me wonder about the folks born in other places in the world. Like the folks in Haiti, Africa, Mexico and even Nicaragua...talk about not fair. I can speak for the poverty in Nicaragua...I have seen it and when I am there, I feel like it's not fair that I have so much. It's not fair to them.
In Nicaragua, the poorer families generally live in small houses, put together with garbage bags and card board. Thank God it is fairly warm there but let me tell you...it rains alot and it rains hard. One of my favorite families would huddle up in the corner of the "so called" room and get into the garbage bag to try to stay dry. Yep...and I say "it's not fair?"
They move up from garbage bags and cardboard to houses like this. There is no running water and no toilet. The water and sanitation in these parts of the world are horrifying. There is no garbage man that comes to pick up garbage or a place to keep things cold. Barely any electricity and when there is...you never know when it is going to be shut off.
In the small town we go to, the kids can go to school but they need to have a uniform or its a no go. The uniform is similar to the one I wore in catholic school in the warmer time of spring..white polo shirt and navy blue skirt for the girls and navy blue pants for the boys. They have to have shoes on too. Uniforms cost, on the average about 20.00 to assemble and then there are the shoes. Most families make 25.00 a month and that covers all the eating and living expenses. Doesn't leave alot for school uniforms or anything else for that matter.
On our trip 2 years ago, my youngest had befriended a little girl named Amelia. It was odd to us because he was really in a "not liking girls phase". But she was different, she was little, tough, fun and she could keep up with him. They played soccer and wrestled and spent all the time they had together when she wasn't in school. We joked about him finding his "soul mate" because he would give her the time of day.