I have been thinking quite a bit about compassion and empathy this week. Not only is Thanksgiving quickly approaching, but the nation has seem to have erupted with outcry of pain.
As a Mother I have become very empathetic. I thought I was sensitive before, but I wasn't truly vulnerable until I became responsible for my own little humans. (There are so many layers to this responsibility I can't even begin to touch on them all now.)
I felt really moved by this article shared on Coffee + Crumbs discussing WIC and Food Stamps for those who need them. My family in our early years used both - and it helped get us onto our feet and where we are today. So when you are in line tomorrow urgently waiting with your Thanksgiving bundles and find yourself behind a family with WIC coupons or shyly swiping their CalFresh card, be patient and be compassionate. Don't look closely at what they are buying, don't sigh or pace while you are waiting. If you see an injustice, say something, because like this story shares below, the family may or may not feel that they can stand up for themselves.
"I fumed all the way to the car, vowed never to use WIC at Wal-Mart again, and called my husband to tell him what had happened. I couldn’t stop thinking about how horrible that situation could have been for a woman who may have been too intimidated to ask for the manager. How would that situation have affected a woman who needed those eggs and milk so her kids could have breakfast in the morning?"
written by Bryn Huntpalmer
Photo by Sarah Thornhill