May 28, 2007 4 Comments
I played Little League Baseball as a youth and enjoyed it immensely. When I can I try to catch the Little League World Series on TV, where else do you get a player’s favorite movie next to their batting average?
That being said, a recent phenomenon out here in suburbia has made me scratch my head.
Can’t really pinpoint when I started to see this but it’s been more prevalent as of late: Suburban kids and their well-off parents asking for everyone’s hard-earned money at busy intersections so they can travel for a youth sports (baseball/soccer/softball) tournament.
Saw this spectacle over the weekend and admittedly it made me kind of upset. This particular instance happened at the corner of Hwy 6 and FM 529, but I have witnessed others in Katy and surrounding areas. These aspiring Biggios needed some cash for a trip to Colorado and were out walking amongst the cars waiting at the red light.
What made this all the worse was that they were competing with the Houston Chronicle guy who was actually trying to earn a living. Basically you have these good people who live in cushy houses and drive nice cars (I make these 2 statements in comparison with most of the world) who have the gall to ask for money when there are people in real need out there, like the Chronicle guy.
Is this the right message to teach kids? To ask for more even though you already possess much? To beg for money instead of earning it?
Anyone witnessed this fatuitous fundraising?*
*I’m of course setting aside the fact that our political system operates the same way, but that’s another topic for another day