How do you describe the homeless?

It’s a Saturday night, on the beach, and we’re eating at an outdoor Café with 6 children, all under the age of 12. A homeless drunk won’t leave us (or other guests) alone. To my horror, NONE of the waiters or owners of the cafe ask this man to stop bothering the patrons.

My children become a bit scared and start asking lot’s of questions, like “Why is he talking to himself” “Why does he smell so bad?” “Why doesn’t he just sit down at a table and eat something?”

How do I begin, as a parent, to explain how life can be so cruel, unjust, and how some people have to hit “rock bottom” before they pull themselves up. How do I explain that not everyone is fortunate enough to be educated, to have a job, to have a family that cares about them.

Then I begin to remind the kids about ALL the charity work we do to help people who are less fortunate. Parents … it’s the best lesson you can give your children. Teach them to help others and in turn, they will realize the importance of a solid education, values and ethics if explained in “kid friendly” terms.

I wonder what Waiter Rant would say in his blog? Waiter Rant, in my opionion, is one of the most "in-touch with reality" bloggers on the internet today.  |  digg it!  |  reddit reddit!  |  Google!

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