Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Third World Living

(This beautiful little boy is available for adoption along with one of his younger brothers. . .check out our O's website at

I'm in a bit of a dour mood tonight, but basically my thought process is this: we all need to quit whining and begin counting blessings. Myself is included here because I am so ashamed to admit that I was feeling frustrated earlier today when I didn't have it in our budget for a haircut and color. . .honestly, Sarah. Boohoo! I found this on another woman's blog and decided to post it here.

1. Take out the furniture: leave a few old blankets, a kitchen table, maybe a wooden chair. You've never had a bed, remember?

2. Throw out your clothes. Each person in the family may keep the oldest suit or dress, a shirt or blouse. The head of the family has the only pair of shoes.

3. All kitchen appliances have vanished. Keep a box of matches, a small bag of flour, some sugar and salt, a handful of onions, a dish of dried beans. Rescue those moldy potatoes from the garbage can: those are tonight's meal.

4. Dismantle the bathroom, shut off the running water, take out the wiring and the lights and everything that runs by electricity.

5. Take away my house and move the family into the tool shed.

6. By now all the other houses in the neighborhood have disappeared; instead there are shanties - for the fortunate ones.

7. Cancel all the newspapers and magazines. Throw out the books. You won't miss them - you are now illiterate. One radio is now left for the whole shantytown.

8. No more postman, fireman, government services. The two- classroom school is 3 miles away, but only 2 of your 7 children attend anyway, and they walk.

9. No hospital, no doctor. The nearest clinic is now 10 miles away with a midwife in charge. You get there by bus or bicycle, if you're lucky enough to have one.

10, Throw out your bankbooks, stock certificates, pension plans, insurance policies. You now have a cash hoard of $5.

11. Get out and start cultivating your three acres. Try hard to raise $300 in cash crops because your landlord wants one-third and your moneylender 10 percent.

12. Find some way for your children to bring in a little extra money so you have something to eat most days. But it won't be enough to keep bodies healthy - so lop off 25 to 30 years of life.


Melanie said...

Thanks Sarah, this is one of those things to keep around the house to take out every once in awhile to help in counting our blessings - sure puts things in perspective...maybe tuck it in our Bible to help when one doesn't know what to pray about...pray for children growing up like this...and for ours to know how lucky they are and that they can change the world, one person at a time!

And don't worry...your hair looks great :-)

Sawatzky Kids said...

Very powerful blog Sarah! I agree with Mel, something we should all keep with us to look at before any and all pity parties! Also agree that your hair looks FAB!
Shelly and gang

me said...

I've seen this before and love it! Thanks for the reminder. We take soooo much for granted.