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Re: Kabu dear, how true you speak, but...

This is right and there will always be those who try to keep people down, as well as those who help to raise them up. Hard work often pays off, but at times, there are those who seem to be on a treadmill, never getting anywhere, despite how hard they work. There is a balance of luck and timing; circumstance.

But I fear I misspoke. As I've noted, I heard two languages before I could speak, and English is almost my second language. When I said 'no one is entitled,' I meant it not in the current political speak, but in the sense literally of anyone, like my grandsons, thinking they are privileged, entitled to the fresher crust of bread, so to speak, because of circumstance of birth. That's what I meant; no one is entitled to think they are better than someone else. All are entitled to help they truly need. But I do agree, hard work is a factor that makes/allows the people of Australia, Canada, USA, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and so many countries believe they can achieve. And that's half the battle!  

posted by RPresta on December 25, 2017 at 4:50 PM | link to this | reply

Re: BigV

Agreed. Totally. You've done a wonderful job. All we can do is our best. Hopefully, it is good enough. 

posted by RPresta on December 25, 2017 at 4:31 PM | link to this | reply

Re: C_C_T

You are so on point there, CC. And what many don't realize, is that there are many levels to our most vulnerable. Some are that way by birth, some by bad choices, drugs and alcohol, and some by circumstance. Some are that way only temporarily, and some need services not available to them. Some have meds they don't take that can help their issues. It's all very complex. But the youth are learning these factors. 

posted by RPresta on December 25, 2017 at 4:29 PM | link to this | reply

Re: FSI

It takes a special kind of person to do volunteer work like you do, and Grandson 1-A seems to also have that inclination and ability, at least right now. LOL. As I said to Pat, all you can do is try to set a good learning and enriched  atmosphere for our children. 

posted by RPresta on December 25, 2017 at 4:26 PM | link to this | reply

Re: Pat

All you can do is try, Pat. Thank you. 

posted by RPresta on December 25, 2017 at 4:23 PM | link to this | reply

Congratulations this is what makes America great and Australia the lucky country. neither are true if the top are so greedy that it is impossible to climb nor can it work if one is taught that they are entitled to be kept all their life by the rest of society. Hard work has always been the clue to a truly satisfying life.

posted by Kabu on December 24, 2017 at 11:40 AM | link to this | reply

Kids usually become what they see around them. If they see family working and giving, most of them will continue the tradition. If they see a hand out looking for charity, they usually will follow that tradition. I was taught you will get what you work to get and sometimes not even that. I worked three jobs going to college and did a lot of volunteering. My children do the same. If I do nothing else in this world, I've given two more 'good citizens.'  Good job encouraging them!

posted by BigV on December 24, 2017 at 10:01 AM | link to this | reply

Sadly work seems a very poor choice for some these days. America was the dream country for many. I suppose some made it and some expected too much. It is nice to think that young people realize that help is needed by the most vunerable.

posted by C_C_T on December 24, 2017 at 9:27 AM | link to this | reply

It is so wonderful to read of young people serving their communities, especially during what has been a very toxic year politically. It gives one hope for the future.

I enjoy doing my volunteer work with special adults. They have given me so much in my life.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on December 24, 2017 at 8:23 AM | link to this | reply

Sounds like somebody's giving his grandkids a great foundation...

posted by Pat_B on December 23, 2017 at 5:30 PM | link to this | reply

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