By Elly V. Darwin, M.Ed., NCC
My wonderfully witty son-in-law, Josh, once posted a comment saying something like it’s a bummer when you realize your cherry pie isn’t warm enough—after you’ve added the ice cream on top. Cute comment, one I’d likely have forgotten soon after, were it not for the rest of it. He added: “A First World problem, for sure.” And that has stayed with me ever since.
It was as profound as it was lighthearted. Sure, there’s nothing like nice, warm, homemade cherry pie with a dollop of cold, refreshing ice cream on top, and this slice didn’t quite measure up. But wow, how many people in The Congo, Bangladesh, Syria, or any number—too large a number—of other economically troubled places in the world would give anything to be able to trade problems? For that matter, how many people in the world’s well-developed societies would love to deal with that?
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