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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Attention Wal-mart Shoppers

I was at Wal-mart yesterday. This post is not about the evils or lack thereof of Wal-mart itself; just save that for another day if you have strong feelings on the subject.

This is more a stream of consciousness based on some things I saw yesterday. These images were not new to me, especially after having worked at the county hospital for many years. But yesterday they caught my attention in a way they haven't in a while.

I just want to say that I am grateful that I am not: 300 pounds, exhausted (I am, but not in conjunction with the other things on the list, which makes a difference), dirty (shut up, I am not), mother of seven kids running around me, fathered by five different men, cart full of nasty generic food, barely fifty dollars in the bank, no prospects for a better job, screaming on the cell phone for all the world to hear, "Where are you?!?"

Do NOT misunderstand me. I don't think I'm better in any way than the "person" I've described or anyone else. Nor do I think my circumstances in life automatically make me happier than some of the folks I run into at Wal-mart and elsewhere. But I've caught glimpses of the lives lived by people like the 300 lb lady I saw yesterday, and for the most part they aren't pretty. The exhaustion never ends. There are no vacations to Hawaii, dinners at fancy restaurants, Saturdays spent relaxing with friends and family. And everyone around them is living in the same misery, which just intensifies things. That could easily have been me; I'm thankful that it isn't, and I hope it never will be.


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