*Day 6 of 31 days of Traveling & Living Overseas with Kids
We were driving to the little kids’ Arabic preschool today
when I mentioned to them I’d need to stop by the gas station.
My third child Hallmark asked if he could get out and help me pump.
I reminded him that here there are gas station attendants.
It’s their entire job to pump gas for us.
My ever quick-minded son queries why the States doesn’t have gas station attendants.
Wanting to explain accurately but breaking it down for a 4 year old’s mind,
I explained how in our host country people are willing to work for less money.
The locals recognize the value of work & the rewards for it,
Work and get little pay?
It’s easier to sit at home and see who will help them out.
One of my husband’s famous sayings is:
“I breathe therefore I deserve.”
I have read articles on how college graduates are not willing to
begin their careers at the bottom, but expect to be placed at higher levelswhat they feel most suits them.
Or what about newlyweds who feel it’s not socially acceptable to rent and save money for a mortgage?
Or 16 year olds who expect a brand new car on their birthday?”
I breathe, therefore I deserve.
“Where is hard work, determination, willingness to serve in the States?
Probably in the places most missed…
like the attendants in nursing homes,
the lady next door who weeds for hours in hopes of seeing flowers bloom,
the mom who doesn’t have time for a shower but lovingly brushes her daughter’s hair,
the exhausted father who stays up to read-aloud to his son,
or the locals who work outside all day gardening, washing our cars, cleaning the driveways and maintaining our water tanks.