--by guin, posted Aug 14, 2007
Last week, I was out at the beach with my friend and her sister.
We had a great time wading right into the ocean, going on the merry-go-rounds, shooting water balloons and eating popcorn and cotton candy. It was like being back in one of our high school carnivals!
That was when I saw two little boys in grubby shirts. They didn't have shoes on and their hair looked totally dishevelled. Most likely they were popcorn of candy vendors, but one can't be sure.
I saw them emptying their pockets, looking at some food stalls, starting to count the spare change in their pockets.
Something about this scene really went straight to my heart. Just across the beach is this really big mall where people spend thousands of rupees buying branded goods. Man, the inequality in the world is enormous.
I didn't want to offend the small boys by handing them money. So I walked near them and just dropped a five ruppee coin into the sand, and walked away casually.
After a couple of minutes I saw them find the shiny coin and they seemed real happy to buy a bag of roasted peanuts to eat.
It takes so little to make children happy.
I feel very bad when I hand out money to kids..
May be I should use ur idea..
We need more people who can see the
world with ur eyes..