Film and Children Review..My Opinion

There has been a lot I have wanted to write about but I haven’t had/made time.  My husband and I both have really bad colds, plus, we went to Cedar Sinai yesterday for my annual doctor visit.  But, today,  I am going to discuss a film we saw this wknd.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts; you know I help the homeless in my  own way.  So, you know I am interested in helping the homeless, feeding the hungry, etc.  You also know I don’t have children.

There is a film out titled: A Place At The Table which is supposed to focus on the needs of society and the facts about being food poor and obesity.  While interesting and I did learn a few facts, they totally aimed it toward Child Hunger.  They also dared to say the religious organizations, food banks, etc. don’t help much and made it mainly a government issue.  I don’t agree with this because I think the government is getting to involved in everyone’s lives anyway.  But, that’s my opinion.  Anyay, back to the film.  the women interviewed were mothers…mostly single.  I don’t recall more than one person being interviewed and hungry (food poor) that was single or just child-less and food poor being interviewed.  They skipped quickly through the diabetes issue and focused quite a bit on the food stamp issue, being sure to point something interesting about Obama and his growing up.  I won’t tell you, in case you want to see the film.

Needless to say, upon leaving the film, my husband was almost convinced of my hating children because I was not impressed with the film.  I was not impressed because I did not got to see a film on Childhood Hunger in America.  I went to see a film about everybody that is hungry.  I did not wish to hear so much about the school lunch program.  What about more of the other, average  americans like the college students, or the ones who are simply losing their jobs and apartments, or the people who are getting sick with medical problems (not just diabetes or obesity) and cannot afford food.  There could have been more interviews with those people.

I look at the bigger picture.  I am sorry but to me, it is not All About The Children.

Do you realise a lot of these children that everyone keeps going on and on about are the same children that wind up killing or playing some sort of revenge on the adults in their lives?  Shooting their parents, getting emancipated from them, reporting them (the parents) for child abuse.  They know their rights now (because they have to many) and they use it against the adults.

 

 

Sharing The Giving Experience

Last night after watching half of the series of Roots which was on t.v. or my husband had taped it previously.. we went for a drive and looked at Christmas lights which we do every year.  This time we had our 13 year-old dog with us and I had also brought my  bag with me that was filled and ready to give to a Homeless Person.

It had been a long drive this time and my poor dog was tired and he kept laying on my arm and he would lay his nose and head in my shoulder instead of on the window ledge in the cold night air periodically.  Plus, I also, was starting to get tired but I would have been willing to check out one more area for lights.  Plus, with the cold. I didn’t have much hope of seeing a homeless person, which was actually a good thing because I really wanted to believe no one would be out on Christmas Eve and they would have shelter somewhere.  But alas, my husband and I saw someone at the same time.

8 p.m. may not seem late to most but when it is cold and you are sitting alone on a step next to a Liquor Store looking as  if you are asleep with your head on your hands and your hands on your legs, 8 p.m. is probably really late to you.  Although, we did not see the person as having a bag or a cart, they seemed to be homeless and did not look as  if they were waiting for a ride.  At first, my husband looked at me.  I know he wanted me to be the one  to take the bag to this person, but I had the dog, and I could not toss him aside this time.  My poor, tired, 13-year old dog.  So, my husband volunteered to take the bag to the person in question.  We were both surprised to discover said person is a Girl! I yelled Merry Christmas to her before we drove away and my husband was telling me how happy she seemed and that she was already starting to look through the bag.

It reminded me about God saying whenever you give to others, it is the same as giving to him.  I am so happy to have been able to make that Christmas Eve miracle plus, I think it was good for my husband to have had that experience.

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas (or whatever Holiday you celebrate) so far.

 

 

Shrooms, Hair & Helping

I am winning!  I am conquering the Mushrooms!  The Baking Soda/Water mix is a miracle although I am using way more Baking Soda than called for and pouring it directly on the Mushrooms.  Even after the rain, they are not popping their heads back up as quickly.  Most are laying dead.  When I told my husband I killed them, he asked me if I “nagged them to death?”  Yeah, I guess maybe that was part of it too.

I also had my hair done today and I finally like it.  It is back to or a bit darker than the natural color.  It is really close to the root color which is a dark brown.  I have been trying different places and the stylists kept saying, “You dont want that, it to dark.  You want this color.”  Than, I would come home and not like it.  This happened over and over again.  I believe I finally found the place I like.  Plus the price is good and it’s close to home.

Okay, now get this:  So, I mentioned I helped a few people on Aidpage.com to have Christmas and I believed they were legit.  One lady thanked me and said she filled the stockings with everything I sent plus said the shirts could be worn for school; but then she had the nerve to ask if I thought it would be wrong of her to post on Aidpage again for a few more presents for under the tree.  My mind immediately flipped and I thought, this Witch isn’t in need.  How ungrateful is this woman!  I wrote her back and politely apologised that her gifts were small but said that was all I could afford. (she has 6 children!)  I also mentioned that people are saying that Aidpage is actually supposed to be a site for advice and not necessarily to ask for gifts and a lot of people who are asking for gifts have absolutely nothing and would be thankful for a card for their child for Christmas.  Anything, to call it a Christmas and now she has something.  At least she asked my opinion, but that took a lot of nerve.

Complaints on Free Help

So, yesterday I mentioned Aidpage.com which is a free way to help and get help from others.  I sent a box of things from Walmart directly to a family for Christmas and I feel good.  I don’t remember if the father lost his job or was on disability; but they have a 2 1/2-year-old daughter and the mother is working, yet, they are having trouble making ends meet this year and the bills are hard, so they may not be able to have Christmas for their daughter.  It feels good knowing it is going directly in the hands (or at least believing it is) of someone who really needs it.

Here’s the thing though:

So many people are down on their luck and there are so many stories and families to choose from to help.  Some want money for food or medicine, some want money for trips or just whatever.  Some want specific items and have linked a Walmart Wish List and some, like the family I chose to help, want just “Anything” to put under the tree for the child to make Christmas brighter!  The stories may or may not be true.  You have to believe, trust and have faith that they are.  The people who choose to help do so out of the kindness of their hearts.  Most of us are not rich (far from it) and begging does not necessarily mean your want/need will make it to the top of everyone’s or someone’s delivery.

I read a complaint from someone who has been posting on Aidpage complaining because their need/want has not been met and others have.  What?  I’m so sorry but aren’t we all adults here?  The site is for aged over 18 and it is free.  Is this not like a street person complaining because you gave to the guy at the corner and not to him?  Perhaps, you may want to re-think what you are asking for or the way you are asking for it.  Or perhaps, you are giving the wrong impression and may have to step up.

To conclude: In my opinion, you cannot rely on a website with strangers to solve your problems