Establishing Priority (life and otherwise)

Lately as I interact with other families and individuals, I am completely dumbfounded by the logic employed.  You see, I live in a home where we didn’t have a flatscreen tv until this last year. I had to know that we could purchase it with cash and not drastically affect our ability to meet other financial obligations.  It was the same with the video game thing. For years I wouldn’t allow them in the house. I wanted my kids to read and progress in school before letting the distractions of animated play get in the way.

A few months ago on Social Media I commented about the kids down the street showing up every day around meal time. I was both a bit heartbroken and ticked off to think parents thought is was OK to let us repeatedly feed their kids… while they had beer, cigarettes and whatever else wasn’t consumed in public. Later, one day, we took one of the girls on a short trip to the next town over. On the way, she told me how nice all the restaurants and activities were that we passed. You see, I work pretty hard and struggle to take care of my kids. It’s hard, but the sacrifice is worth it. Odd as it is, a child from a family 2 or 3 rungs below my family on the economic scale is garnishing the rewards of other’s hard work. I can’t blame the kid – but c’mon parents… step it up.

Over the last couple of days I got the same vibe from other kids in other families. Parents are laying out this communication that they are strapped, need assistance, or are struggling. Then the kids come over and tell me about the Video Game Library, or the junk food they like or about their smart phone. Where are the priorities?

People need to toughen up. Life is a struggle. You are going to have to work for reward. Delayed gratification is not a bad phrase. The idea that we (my family) continues to get sucked in by these communications is not foreign to a lot of people that will read this. The idea that we feed, cut checks and share with others is somewhat rewarding, but you feel like a sucker when you find out that the recipients idea of struggle is defined as normal by other hard working folks.

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