Our children are
addicted to junk food. Such is its appeal that even the old
are equally attracted to it. Obviously it has low nutritional
value. Parents keep asking their children to not make this a
habit – but how many parents succeed? Children seldom realize
how privileged they are in being able to consume this food
every now and then.
Now consider another
scenario: Garbage cans outside houses, garbage cans at public
places and garbage dumps outside cities have some frequent
visitors. These visitors are poor children who look for bits
and pieces of left-over food in garbage, collect it in bags
and then go back home to eat it. This is “junk food” for them
– i.e. food obtained from junk and garbage. So heart rending
is this sight that one can seldom withhold one’s tears.
On the one hand is
junk food that our children eat and on the other junk food
which some other children eat. Both are eating junk food in
their own ways.
Let us try to acquaint
our children with this second type of junk food as well – to
make them realize how thankful to God they should be. In the
blink of an eye, they can be off to buy junk food of their
choice. Yet have they ever thought of the junk food their
contemporaries may be eating from garbage cans?
Maybe this can make
them share their food with them and also make them cut down
this habit by realizing the plight of their brothers.