My Admitted Shame

November 23, 2005 | The Soapbox

Tomorrow is the day when American families will gather around dining room tables groaning with an abundance of goodies. They’ll clasp hands and say a prayer of thanks for everything good in their lives. My family will do the same thing.

What I wonder is, do these same people ever give a thought beyond themselves? Do they ever consider the section of humanity who doesn’t share an opulent meal with family or friends? Have they ever given a thought to the homeless freezing in their cardboard homes with little or no protection from the elements?

Most of us don’t, unless it’s to side-step and quickly look away as if homelessness and hunger are dreaded diseases spread by a glance. What a shame that we stroll on by in our Guccis and Ferragamos while children huddle starving and are clothed in rags.

I’m no better than thousands of other Americans who do nothing except for the occassional handout. In my heart I cry for these people, but on the surface all I do is talk a good game. Pathetic isn’t it, just two days ago I was overcome with joy to win as a finalist in two categories of a prized contest and never gave a thought to people less fortunate?

Today I’ve matured and decided yes, I damn well will do something about it. I have promised myself I will contact a shelter and work at least one day a week, not out of pity, to simply do the right thing.

You are all welcomed and encouraged to challenge me, question my motives, and be sure I follow through on my promise.


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7 Responses to “My Admitted Shame”

  1. Sherrill Quinn Says:

    Good for you, Sloane. And you’re right. While many of us set aside this one day to give special thanks for all we have, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on those less fortunate. Not only reflect, but do something about it.

    Happy Thanksgiving. May your good deeds come back at your ten-fold.

  2. Sloane Says:

    And to you too, Low Carb Sherrill. By the way, I found all those pounds you lost. Right here on my fat gut!

  3. Kate Lang Says:

    If everyone just did a little our world would be a much better place. Thank you for reminding us that our purpose isn’t just to fulfill ourselves but to also reach out to those who need our help.

    Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving,


  4. Sloane Says:

    Thanks, Sweet Mama. Hope you and your wonderful family have a great day in the frozen North.


  5. Jenna Howard Says:

    Happy thanksgiving, Sloane!


  6. Maya Reynolds Says:

    Good for you, Sloane.

    Whether you volunteer in a homeless shelter, a battered woman’s shelter or a shelter for runaway teens, I know you will do good and lift the hearts of everyone you encounter. You lifted my heart just reading your blog.



  7. Sloane Says:

    Thanks for the enocuragement,Maya, But you lift people’s spirits every day. You’re a generous woman with an amazing blog.