Saturday, July 24, 2010

In Her World, Everybody Has a Home

We went camping earlier this month, so we still have tents and shady sites on our minds (and marshmallows and Jiffy Pop in our cupboard).

Camping is fun when you have a house to come home to.

En route to various summer funspots, we pass some homeless encampments, which have not escaped my daughters' attention.

On a recent excursion, four-year-old piped up, "Mom, LOOK! People are camping over there!"

"I think those are people who don't have houses, honey."

"What do you mean?"

"I mean, not everybody has a job, or money, or a house, or a car..."

Long silence and deep thinking.

"Maybe not, Mom. Maybe it's just a really nice spot."

Under the freeway overpass.

I want to hug up and hold tight to that youthful innocence and optimism.

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