A story about an 8-year-old's worry.
After a restless night, I got up at 3:45 a.m. and caught a 6 a.m. flight. The next couple of days promised to be full and I needed to be in top form. I hoped to snooze once on the plane.
No such luck!
My seat partners were a young mother and her 8-year-old daughter. Mom was very pleasant and was in a non-stop talking mood. Her family, her husband and two children, had just moved to Minneapolis from Ohio. There were many changes taking place in their lives.
In a brief lull, I squeezed in the question, "How has it been for your daughter to make the move?"
I was anticipating hearing about her grief over the over the loss of friends or moving so far away from her grandparents. Perhaps she had concern about making new friends, finding a new church and Sunday school (I hoped) or fitting in at school.
"Oh," her mother said, "Her biggest worry was whether there would be a mall close by." (They now live within four miles of the Mall of America.)
Have we been snoozing so much that we don't realize how strong a grip the culture of consumerism has on us and on our children?
"Not just snoozing, but a full on Rip van Winkle slumber!" according to Nathan Dungan, president and founder of Share Save Spend
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