I spent the whole day at a child’s birthday party where the birthday girl was spoilt with ever wish fulfilled, and good for her.
At the same time there was a child in Africa who probably took his last breath. Or a child in Palestine who just lost her father. Or a street child in India who’s about to get raped and has no idea. Or a baby in Pakistan who is being buried for being a girl and a “shame” to the family.
I find it sad how we’ve delved into a child centered society where EVERY wish and more is granted for the rich child yet NO wish is granted for the poor. I said this last year and Ill say it again, the best gift to give someone is to donate to charity in the birthday girl/boy’s name. If they don’t see beauty in that, then they don’t deserve a present anyway. The birthday kid has health, wealth, a room full of loved ones around them and the money to afford a birthday party in the first place. Across the world, there are children who dont even know their date of birth. They don’t know who their parents are nor do they know what children their age should be doing.For children in poverty reaching one more year on their birthday and making it to 5 years old is a struggle. Its a mission accomplished. To children of this world, birthdays are a material celebration, where their parents take pictures show off and tag the guests on facebook. Yes its sweet but is it really sweet when the birthday girl turns into a bitch and crys because the attention is suddenly turned to someone else?
Don’t cry if you dont get enough presents. Be grateful you have the greatest present ever: the fact that you’re still alive and actually made it to your birthday without having to struggle with poverty or drought.
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