Monday, March 11, 2019
The 'haves and have nots'
Trucks of Art
1967 International Scout
My oldest sister was actually affected her entire life when as a child her cousin would say, if you wash the dishes for me, you can wear one of my sweaters. Her cousin was an only child of a mill foreman and actually had much more than our family.
Uncle Sam and Aunt Janie were good people, but had spoiled that girl rotten. We always thought it ‘funny’ (Not haha) that sister Kat would buy sweaters at yard sales and thrift stores. Then wash, dry, fold and carefully store them. She had roughly 100 sweaters when she passed and seldom wore them. I was the baby of the family so by the time I was in the 1st grade, dad and mom were doing well and I never ‘truly’ wanted for anything.
Our country, like every country in the world has its ‘haves and have nots.’ We travelled in the military when required, and as civilians for personal enjoyment and to learn. In the less fortunate parts of the world I seldom returned to the ship with any change and many times with very little folding money. I am told I am a ‘soft touch’, and I admit I am at times.
Just from some of my blogger friends writing I know you suffer from the same ‘malady’. (smile)
Some do not realize it, but ‘the have-nots’ in this country would be considered ‘rich’ in Haiti and many parts of Mexico.
Many Americans retire to other countries because they can live well even off Social Security. I have no stones to throw, but from a personal standpoint I could NEVER continually pass the impoverished daily and enjoy my ‘good life’ with servants in a closed compound.
We all look at situations different. One man mentioned that the ‘servants’ were at least paid and a job was created. That is true, but……..
PS: Funny about wealth, in my early childhood I never knew we didn't have much. If you were raised poor, did you know it?
These are Haitian kids, Kids are kids.... these In an orphangage.
Kids on the street laughed and smiled, but I could not take pictures of them in poverty. The above kids live better than the ones on the streets. BUT they all smile. I cannot take pictures of poverty kids on the street....... I just cannot!