Traveling teaches you about growing up without much and working hard from an early age 👨👩👧👧 There were two families on the beach today when we arrived, walking around in the sand and shallow water, carrying small buckets. The mothers had 2 kids with them, ages 4 and 2. The fathers were fishing.
Initially I thought they were playing in the sand with their kids and I found it adorable 🙈😯 Then when we got closer I saw they were digging out clams from the sand with MACHETE!!! And the little kids had tiny machete (with SHARP BLADES) in their hands too. I stopped to talk to them and they said they sell the clams to make $ and feed their families. While the fathers were fishing hoping to catch dinner. INCREDIBLE 🙊🤯
I wanted to share it with all of you for 2 reasons:
1) I hope it makes you realize how lucky you are to have all the amenities of modern society. Most families here don't have hot water IF they have running water at all...
2) I hope you understand how lucky your kids are to have a childhood, kindergarten and be able to attend school. This is not a given, it is a luxury! While other sweet souls out here have to help their parents earn a living and put food on the family table.
3) Last but not least, teach your kids responsibility and don't be a slave to them till they grow up and then some. If this 2 yrs old girl could safely use a machete (be it a tiny one, still sharp nevertheless) then your child can clean after themselves, set the table, put away their toys, and bring the dirty dishes to the sink.
NO EXCUSES and BE GRATEFUL!