I'm posting tonight's entry from my personal blog. I don't know if anyone reads this anymore, but as Christmas approaches, I am hoping to write a few reminders back here at ye olde "Occupy Me" about what values we carry into the holidays, a season that is meant to remind us of goodness, but mostly just asks us to live in our discontent.
This episode seems like a good starting point:
Today the kids and I stopped at our snack spot for some smoothie and
banana bread. I paged through the local daily and the boy asked what I
was reading about. As it turned out, the teaser was "The Vanishing
Middle Class" and the article
was summarizing a recent study that shows that since 1970, poverty and
affluence have each and both deepened and moved, with poverty
suburbanizing and affluence taking over city centres and of course, all
the nice parts.
Once I explained what the word
"vanishing" means, I then had to reassure the boy that we weren't
going to disappear: no matter what, we're still visible, our little
Next was giving the preschool version of class
divisions: the rich are the people who have more than they need and the
poor are the people who don't have what they need and the middle class
are the people who are just right. And then I did my quick sermon about
how the world works best when the people who more than they need can
share with the people who don't have what they need.
And then my girl said, "We're rich, right mom?"