Grateful

On the first day of the year, a friend shared the 365 Grateful Project on Facebook. At the last moment, I decided to join in.

A conversation over breakfast with my older children the other morning prompted me to take the following photo:

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Now, there’s nothing special about this photo, it’s just an image of food in a pantry. What’s special, is that we HAVE food in our pantry. It is never empty.

My eldest son, and my daughter were discussing all the different meals of the day when Dylan asked me whether everyone has breakfast, lunch and dinner. I replied that no they didn’t. Some people didn’t have enough money for breakfast, lunch and dinner, some people don’t have enough money for one meal a day.

Dylan thought about this for a minute, then surmised that people who couldn’t afford food must have bought a house that was too big and had no money left for food. I told hime that there are a lot of people who can’t afford anywhere to live, as well as not being able to afford food. Both Dylan and Mahalia were quite concerned when I said that people without homes sleep on park benches, shop doorways, or anywhere they can find that provides some sort of shelter.

“But that only happens in poor countries doesn’t it mum”?

“No buddy, it happens in all over the world. It happens in Australia”.

He understands quite a lot, my boy. But I’m not sure he’s managed to get his head around the fact that in his country, which he considers to be rich, there are people without enough money to afford food and housing. I’m not sure I can get around it either.

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Both Dylan and Mahalia know that our family sponsors a child in Zimbabwe, and that we donate to charities when we have extra funds. They know how luck we are.