Thursday, October 30, 2008
Kit Kittredge, An American Girl
I borrowed Kit Kittredge, An American Girl
from the library last night. Princess and I watched it today.
I found it disturbing. I wanted to like it, great cast, thought
I would get caught up in the period style.
It didn't feel period. It felt timely.
Princess enjoyed it, thinks getting a basset hound would
be great,lol. Didn't get why the children would be
embarrassed by their family being "egg sellers".
(She really wants chickens or ducks of her own.)
I was unsettled, disturbed, and a little depressed.
The movie was nice. I'm sure if we weren't all standing on the edge of the same abyss,
it would feel more entertaining.Instead, I felt scared.
We are at a moment of time in our country's history that will
either be recorded as one where we got our act together and
made things better, or we blew it big time.
I wish I had more faith in you America,
but you have let me down before.I am a bit of a pessimist, my Grandfather
always said.." I usually expect the worse, that way, I am not caught off guard when it happens,
and if it doesn't..I'm pleasantly surprised." I must take after him.
I know we are luckier than some, we can make our mortgage payment every month,
I don't consider if I should buy milk or not. No one is going hungry here.We are lucky.
I am smart enough to know I am not that different from many of the people who are in
serious trouble..not really. My mother used to say "but for the Grace of God.."
I try not to make the mistake of "judging" the poor, or even the middle class.
I came from there, and I know it would
only take a couple of bouts of bad luck and one or two bad decisions to end up there again.
Sometimes things happen that are out of a families control.One sick child or spouse,
and people who are insured (and paying a good chunk of their salaries to be that way) find out how little their insurance coverage "covers". The executives of your company make some bad decisions and you have no job.
Maybe you ran up dept "keeping up with the Joneses", or maybe you just took out another loan to put your kids through college. It's not just "them" it is "all of us".Socialist you say? Fine, I'll take that label too, along with..
"East Coast Liberal Intellectual" (my Grandfather always said"AKA..literate")..whatever.
"Redistribution"? Yeah, well..in my neighborhood, we call it making sure the rich pay their own way just like us.
OK, I'm going to take a deep breath, and get off my soap box now before I fall flat on my face.
By the way, if you or anyone you know are having a hard time putting food on the table,
check out The Angel Ministries.
If you are not having a hard time, you can still check them out and make a donation.
Not your "kind" of organization, donate to one that is, maybe this one .
Or, you can drop off a basket of muffins, or a baked chicken or casserole at a house for a family you
know that is finding it tough right now. Or just invite them to dinner.
If you don't want "big government" to do it for you...then let's really start taking care of our own.