Nobody says it like Norman Rockwell.
Freedom of Speech.
Freedom to worship.
Freedom from want.
Freedom from fear.
Yesterday, I saw a homeless man give a breakfast burrito to a homeless woman. These are people I see all the time and it brightens my day when I can reach out the car window with a dollar and more importantly, a smile, and a few kind words. It’s the words that count the most, I think, because that’s what they respond the most to. The man could not possibly have more than the woman, but he had enough that he was able to share. And, he walked away from her with the same big smile that I drive away with, even though his gift was so much greater than mine could be.
I watched her wolf that burrito down and lick the grease off her fingers while I sat at a red light and I thought about how much starvation and need there is, right here, under our noses. People that have been left behind by social programs that have been de-funded. And, so many are disabled veterans.
And, then I thought about how these people are Romney’s 47%, allegedly unwilling to take personal responsibility…
Personal responsibility for what? To choose food over the medication that might help them fit into a society that only values those that can contribute?
I hope that my small contributions, a dollar here, a handful of change there, a smile and a handshake and a kind word are doing good. And, I know that just because I enjoy the four freedoms doesn’t mean I shouldn’t stand up for those that don’t.
I pray, in my own way, that our country will see that the needs of the few are more important than the priviledge of the few. I pray that the hearts of mankind will be opened and allow them to help those who are less fortunate, here and everywhere.
And, if you are doing, if you are helping, if you are contributing in your OWN way, then I want to take this chance to say;
But, if you are helping, then my thanks is nothing compared to the fulfillment that you already walk away from your contributions with.
Be well and have a great Thursday. Lane