In Gratitude of Gratefulness
Posted by: Tommy Angelo on December 24th, 2010
“Finish your food! Think of the starving children in China!”
That was a typical thing for parents like mine to say to kids like me as I poked at the mucoid vegetables on my plate.
“Think of the starving children in China.”
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That saying failed utterly at its purpose. All it did was make me resent the alleged starving Chinese children as much as I resented being forced to eat snot. And the resentment was just getting warmed up. For the next few decades, when someone said something about how I should be grateful or thankful or whatever, I resented them for even suggesting such a thing. First, I always had lots of problems: work problems, money problems, car problems, friend problems, lover (or lack of lover) problems, etc. I kept track of and organized my problems. You want me to be thankful? Have you seen my list of problems lately?