Last night we had to go to Sam's Club and on the way out there was a lady on the Conner with a sign that said......

"In need of Prayer and Food"

She looked like she had been with a crack pipe for a month straight. Reminded me very much of meth-man's wife. Ratty dirty clothes and then I noticed the brand new shiny white Nike's. Rather shocking.

Ashton saw her and then read her sign. He asked me what it meant. I told him she is asking for people to pray for her and if they could give her food.....then he said...

"Can we get her some food??? and I will say a prayer for her."
"Sure we can"

so I turned into Burger King and we got a value meal for her and drove back to where she was at. I rolled down the window and Ashton rolled down his and he told her that he said a prayer for her and I tried to hand her the bag from Burger King.

"I really want money" she said.
"But your sign says prayer and food" Ashton said

She just looked at him and told him to roll up his window and we drove off.

"Mom, why did she say that to us when we were trying to help her?"
"Well, some people will do anything to get money--except for earning it"
"That's what my dad and Trinette did, huh?"
"Yes, in a way."
"That's not right! We even offered to help and she was rude."
"Yes she was and it's not right."
"Drugs are bad Mom, they are just bad"

I just sighed. He is only 8 years old and he can already tell when someone is a tweaker. It's sad that he has already experienced this, but it is also good in a way.

Historical Note: Many times in the past when we would see people with signs, we would go to the closest fast food place and get them a value meal and then bring it too them. I will not give them money, but a good hot meal has never hurt anyone. I did (and still do) this because I am grateful for the blessings in my life and I would like to help where I can. I also am teaching my children charity and gratitude.

But, it's instances like this (and their father's drama) that make it difficult to reach out and help without fear of repercussion.
But we still keep trying.


Blogger Dubs said...

that is an AWESOME idea. I hesitate to give money too only because they look strung out or drunk. I will do that next time. Thank you. :)

And it is sad when our kids have lived too much. :( But I just pray that one day it is to his good.... yours too. It's awesome the boys have you in thier life to love them and guide them.



1/31/2006 4:50 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

You are right on par. Expose the mooches, and help the needy.

If they wont accept food, they certainly dont need your money.

I applaud your son for his insight.

1/31/2006 10:03 PM  
Blogger Frog Legs said...

Thw thoughts, so sad for your little one to know about his dad- and really "know" more than any 8 yr old should. But kudo's to you fo rshowing charity- and instilling it in him also.

2/02/2006 6:43 AM  
Blogger drama mama said...

You are a do gooder! I can't believe the lady would turn down a hot burger! She's nuts!

2/02/2006 11:09 AM  
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