Sometimes I wonder if I am just completely out of touch with the world around me.
Last week I was in a couple of different stores, buying fabric for some projects that are currently (still) underway. As she was cutting my fabric, one of the clerks in a particular store asked me what I was making, and I replied that I was making clothing that would be given to some children in Bolivia, and explained what I was doing and why. Although she seemed to think this project was fascinating, she also told me that my choices were too "good" for charity sewing, and that I should save the "nice" fabric for my children and grandchildren and get something from the bargain bin instead. I am not talking about anything fancy here; she was cutting quilting cotton.
Apparently this continues to bother me, perhaps because I was simply too stunned to come up with a witty response at the time. Not that it would have changed her attitude, anyway. I have no objection to saving money. If there was something I would have bought for my family in the bargain bin, I would have bought it. But why on earth would I make, or even give, something to another human being, even a person who needs charity, something that I would not deem worthy of giving to my own family? The mere thought makes my blood boil. To say "this is too good" is to say that the person who receives it is not worthy, and who am I to judge?
Is this what we have come to? Are we the land of "I deserve better"? Or can we be a land that realizes that life on earth and everything in it is a gift, a gift to be shared?