My kids and I do this in one form or another every year without writing a giant pat ourselves on the back look at me op ed piece. You must have restated 5 times at least in the first couple of minutes how you got gifts for homeless people but that wasn’t the important part. Sorry but when you say it over and over, it kind of becomes the important part.

Part of selflessness is the absence of self-promotion. Maybe that can be your Christmas wish next year.

You did a good thing, and that is to be commended. But it’s one day. Those people have to go back out and live the other 364 with very little intervention. I have been homeless and everyone comes around on Christmas so they can say they volunteered or did charity work. Then they disappear, because for them, it wasn’t about making the lives of a homeless person better, it was about telling people they respected that they made the life of a homeless person better. And it’s not like those people aren’t grateful even to have ONE day of semi-relief, but it’s disheartening when you realize most of it was publicity, about addressing a huge problem, that actually hasn’t been addressed at all.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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