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A Lean Year in the Land of Plenty

Two years ago, I wrote a column about a woman and her child in the grocery store. The little boy was misbehaving, begging and crying for every candy bar, toy and soda in the store. The mother, losing patience, was trying to get through to him that they didn’t have enough money for the extras. That was still one year away from the big crash. Now, after a year of record job losses and financial upsets, it’s hard to go to the grocery store and not see people we know who are in the same situation. Friends and colleagues who are now pinching pennies and looking for work.
I stopped by the grocery store again tonight. And remembered the woman and the little boy. So, I thought I would post it again.
November 26, 2007

Holidays remind us of our fragile world

Cheryl-anne Millsap
The Spokesman-Review
 

It’s always been my job to make sure we celebrate the holidays in a big way. So, last week one of my daughters and I made the traditional night before Thanksgiving trip to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for the big meal.

My daughter took half the list and I went off in search of the rest.

I was aware of another family, another mother and child, beside me. It was hard to miss them. The child was loud and – truth be told – a little obnoxious. He wanted everything he saw and he wouldn’t take no for an answer. I listened to his mother explain, again and again, in a voice laced with irritation, why he was not going to get what he wanted. There just wasn’t enough money for anything but the basics, she told him. But he persisted…

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Cheryl-Anne Millsap's Home Planet column appears each week in the Wednesday "Pinch" supplement. Cheryl-Anne is a regular contributor to Spokane Public Radio and her essays can be heard on Public Radio stations across the country. She is the author of "Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons."

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