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Date Posted: 19:23:02 09/22/05 Thu
Author: KathyT
Subject: The advantage of being poor...
In reply to: Mary, quite contrary 's message, "yes, because I have experienced poverty and know how to" on 16:39:55 09/19/05 Mon

Oh, it definately has it's advantages.

I have generous, giving, empathetic children because of being poor.

They learned to do without, and because of that, when they see someone struggling, they try and ease the struggle if they can. Many of time I have seen one of my kids put a bag of groceries on the doorstep of a friend or sibling and run away. They stoop to pick up books if someone drops them, offer a bed and pillow when needed and generally are kind and empathetic. I have watched enough of their peers... especially lds youth, to see that the kids who "have" are CLUELESS when it comes to serving and giving. That is a blanket statement, I know... and I don't want you to think that I consider all LDS youth to be clueless, but I am telling you that a large portion of them... mostly the 'haves' truly do not have a thought in their head about others, and how their words and deeds effect them, or what struggles others have to face.

I actually came to a point in time when I came to thank God for our poverty, because I believe it has contributed greatly to the generousness of my children's hearts.


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