I watched a child next door write her annual letter to Santa..telling him all the things she wanted him to bring. A new Barbie. A Glamour Girl dress-up set. A puppy. Oh, and 47 dollars so she would have enough to buy a new phone.
She’s eight. A new phone?
The world has changed so much…kids are so materialistic. Oh I am sure kids have always been materialistic, but didn’t it used to be balanced by our compassion for others and their needs?
I remember spending ten dollars on presents for other people and being so very happy doing so. It meant more than whatever I was getting.
Do kids even do that anymore? I don’t have any little kids in my life so I honestly don’t know. When I asked her what she was getting for her parents she said “nothing. They’re supposed to get stuff for me”.
Is that really what kids think now?
I came home and thought about her and what i saw as…well….greed. And I thought, “OK, I am writing a letter to Santa myself”
This year I would like a few things. The list is as follows:
- I want you to make everyone feel as if they have “enough”.
- For people to think of others before themselves.
- For everyone to have a job where they feel fulfilled and happy.
- For every child to feel loved and accepted.
- For everyone to accept that even though our skin tones may be lighter or darker, we all share the same blood and are brothers or sisters.
- For our leaders to use common sense and make laws that benefit everyone.
- For everyone to have enough food, enough clothing, enough shelter.
- For everyone to understand that EVERY religion is valid for those who believe and No religion at all is completely acceptable.
- That men and women are equal in value.
I could probably list more, Santa, but I think this is a big enough list. I will understand if you can’t fulfill all my requests, and if you have to choose only ONE of them, please choose wisely.