This post is a cross between a rant and a cry for help to understand what in the world is going on………….
“So, she says, “Your son is about the same age as mine, I’m sure you had to deal with him hanging out at the store to buy his Wii, too, didn’t you?” (Thankfully she didn’t give me time to respond…) “My son was there for 2 1/2 days – how long was your son out there?”
She was serious. She meant it. She had no strange alien features. She wasn’t drooling on herself or responding to strange voices. She seemed quite sane. She even thought I was going to answer her with anything but a gobsmacked look. She was wrong. I just gaped at her.
What is going on in Christendom when it seems NORMAL for a child to live in a store’s parking lot for…for ANY LENGTH of time to buy a new TOY?!!!! Not for a bread line. Not for an opportunity to work. Not to greet a long lost relative off a plane. Not for security’s sake. Not for ministry. F.O.R. A. T.O.Y.
This mom was truly surprised that we hadn’t allowed our son to do the same. She truly saw nothing wrong with it. (Side note – the night before the new PS3 came out we stopped at the store. The clerks were disgusted by all the wandering children/adults who had been hanging out there since the night before. They were coming in and wandering all over during the day and sleeping either on the cement or in their car – or even in a shed like building they were displaying. All this for a nigh on $700 toy.) She was totally comfortable with this.
Will someone please explain this to me – what heart attitude is at play here? (no pun intended)