The other day I was listening to a radio program call-in show and the subject was “Things you have stood in line for.”
I thought the topic was rather appropriate, as the Day after Thanksgiving madness is fast approaching and the infamous Play Station 3 has been in the headlines recently because of the massive lines of people waiting hours and hours to procure it.
I thought of all the things that I have heard people standing in line for, taking up hours and many times days: video game systems, Care Bears, Cabbage Patch Kids, Tickle-me Elmos, cheap TVs and DVD players, Star Wars movie tickets, concert tickets, to get their picture taken with Sponge Bob Square Pants in the mall ….the list could go on for about as long as the PS3 line.
This in turn got me thinking about how the items in this list might be different if this same topic was broached in, say, Burundi for example: clean water, food, vaccines….
This Thanksgiving, let’s be thankful that we live in a country where, for most of us, our biggest worry is whether our children will be the first on the block with a PS3 or whatever this year’s hot holiday item happens to be.
We don’t stand in line for food for our children – we just stand in line to pay for it.