Tuesday, October 19, 2010
A Country of Excess
We are heading home today. Many of the children are asking to go home now and I am ready, oh so ready to go home. I have been observing much of my surroundings and people on this trip and thinking about how our small life back home in northern Vermont is just so different from what I have observed here.
I know there is poverty, I read about the statistics, that nearly 25% of American children live in poverty. However, as I observe life around me in the more crowded populated area of eastern Massachusetts, I am struck over and over again of those living with excess. The fancy cars, clothing, hand held devices, jewelry, accessories.... As the cars go zooming past my father's house, I wonder what job they are going to and when they will return home in the evening.
This visit has been a series of affirmations for me, things I have known in my heart, yet had still worried about and questioned. More than ever I am confident that my children are not missing out. That they are not sheltered. That they don't see this excess on a daily basis can only be a good thing so that they don't take this way of living as the normal state of life.
No, there is nothing here in eastern Massachusetts that they "need". Our simple lifestyle back home is giving them what they do need - relationships with family and neighbors and the time to create, learn, and play in a lifestyle less encumbered by the excesses.