posted on Nov, 23 2014 @ 07:32 PM
tadaman just started a thread on which would you choose : A "for sure" 1 million or take a 50% chance at 100 million and it got me to thinking :
What would I do with all that? I've thought about this many times and the answer has always been the same : Help the kids and families in this town.
The thing that makes me so sure that's what I'd do is something I saw a couple Winters ago, that just broke my heart and has stuck with me ever
I was driving my kids to school one morning and it was cold. I mean cold. The temp was in low single digits and a pretty good wind was blowing,
making it that much worse. We had just had about 6 inches of snow, on top of what was already on the ground, plus some ice had came with it. My kids
are in high school, but we live just a couple blocks from the elementary and see little kids walking to school every morning.
On this particular morning, I saw a little boy, maybe around 8 - 10 years old, going down the side walk, with shoes obviously hand me downs from an
older brother or sister, because they were at least 4 sizes too big. They were flopping around on his feet and he even walked right out of one and had
to go back and get it and if that weren't bad enough, I'm sure he got his sock wet too. Now he has to spend the day with cold/wet feet. I couldn't
help thinking he would be teased for his giant shoes and made to feel "low class" because his family didn't have the money to buy ones that fit.
His coat was thin, wasn't zipped up and he was clutching it around him, no hat or gloves, obviously freezing and trying to get to school as fast as
he could. It made me so sad to see him have to walk in that weather. I honestly don't mind admitting it brought a tear to see that little boy
struggling to walk through the snow and knowing there was not one damn thing I could do about it. I see kids like this in our town every day and more
than anything, I wish I could win the lottery and be able to give them shoes that fit, warm clothes and coats and make sure their families have food
on the table. We all dream of having millions and living the high life and I admit, I would pay off all our debts,have a much nicer house, a new
truck, a new car for my wife, maybe even an older one for the kids to share. Most people see me as a hard ass. I have no tolerance for stupidity or
freeloaders and if you're going to be around me, you better show some common sense or you won't be around for long. But, I'd make damn sure that
little boy had a coat.