I was watching CNN yesterday at the gym and saw a short news clip about Afghanistan. I know you've probably seen it, but the current state of that nation is shocking. Desperation and poverty abound. The clip showed women and children in the street trying to scoop up spilled diesel fuel with their hands to put into small containers and carry away to be used for heat or sold. They interviewed men standing all day in the cold snow hoping someone would hire them for a day's labor. The men were hoping to earn 6 cents a day. Yes, 6 cents a day. The unemployment rate now is 40% with half the population living below the extreme poverty level. One man standing on the corner in the frigid cold said that really, he would rather be dead than continue living this way.
I immediately thought of the dime that banker had refunded to my father-in-law back in the early 1950's. And the big laugh we all had over the letter. It's mind boggling that the one thin dime would represent more than a day's labor to that poor man. It made me wish I could reach through the television screen and give handfuls of dimes to all of them.
I promise to return to my usual programming tomorrow!