On a home shopping show they were selling American Girl dolls for $135. The woman selling it said “Kit is our most popular doll.”
The other woman said “That is probably because Kit represents the Depression Era and girls nowadays relate so well to that because they have to sacrifice and give up so many things in these hard economic times.” They sold out of the doll. This meant several thousand of these poor little girls who have had to give up so much received a $135 doll for Christmas. What was it they had to sacrifice? Maybe it was the $25 outfits that went with the doll.
I thought this article brought out some things that have niggled at me, though I have never expressed it nearly so well. We in America are so very well-off and so accustomed to having everything as we want it that we hardly know what it IS to sacrifice.
What does sacrifice mean to you? Downsizing the addition you’re planning to put on your house? Putting off the landscaping until next year? Giving up that trip to Hawaii? Buying less jewelry? Buying designer clothing on sale?
Or is it working three jobs so that your family has food, clothing, and shelter? Walking a mile with heavy buckets to get your family safe drinking water?
Sometimes I wonder…do we even have a clue what “tough” means?