The Big Issue

21 Dec

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I’m a scumbag.

Here’s why.

Last week as I left work I walked past a Big Issue seller that could have given the eskimo ice seller a run for their money. It was bitterly cold, and she was giving it all she had. Now, what i thought and did at this point makes me cringe.

I thought: “I can’t believe how bloody cold it is. I am f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g! Thank god i remembered my gloves today. No chance lady, i’m not stopping today, too cold.”

I did: Hurried straight past and into H & M just to see if they had that gorgeous stripey top i’d spied the day before”.

A scumbag of the highest order.

And do you know what i also did last week? I gave a present to a charity that donates Xmas presents to those children that are unlikely to get any this year. And i was smug. Ooh, look at me, little miss charitable. “And it’s ToyStory. I bet my present’s the frickin’ best present this kids ever had.”

Had i gone out and bought this gift with my own fair hands, reached into my own warm pockets? Of course not. It was a double gift left over from my son’s last birthday.

What a schmuck.

If you want to see how it should be done this Christmas check out The Bloggess’s seasonal pledge. Now this little lady is most definitely NOT a scumbag.

3 Responses to “The Big Issue”

  1. rachel frowd December 21, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    Darling, don’t feel like a shmuck. At least you’re aware of your actions, most people wouldn’t give a second thought to walking past.

    The thing is- it’s difficult to look after and be charitable to the whole rest of the world, when you have your own little family at home to look after. That includes the (extremely) difficult, challenging (but lovely) elderly neighbour who’s popping round every 5 minutes to have his ears waxed/socks put on/shopping done/xmas drinkies catered for etc.

    I really believe that Charity does start at home, and you are doing your very very, most selfless, best, on that front. Of course it would be lovely to think that we could help everyone else too, but the reality is we can only do so much. Anyway, do you think the child who opens his brilliant Toy Story present cares whether you were feeling smug when you donated it? Nope, he’ll be too busy stuffing it into the DVD machine as fast as he can to watch it.

  2. Nickie@Typecast December 22, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    I was sniggering a little at this post and then I stopped myself and had a re-think. I’ve done similar things, not just this year, but every year. I’m not sure if I feel guilty or not though. Yes I do – but it hasn’t made me change anything.

  3. Lady-like Pervert December 22, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    I’ve been watching what has been happening with The Bloggess over these past few days and it verclempts me! Amazing acts of kindness and I couldn’t be happier for every one involved, or prouder of a fellow blogger.

    Now… you… little Missy… are not a scrooge!

    Not that I don’t have the same great intentions as you, but some years are better than others! One year I had my girls adopt a family and pick out their gifts, then next we wrap re-gifts.

    No fear hun, your heart is not ice.

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