Finding hope in a muddled world – Sharon Ryan commentary, Dec. 8 Gazette.
This commentary was a message about people giving and sharing during a time of misinterpreted doomsday beliefs. I received a different message. In order to teach a young girl "a good habit of sharing with the less fortunate," Ms. Ryan bought her niece a stuffed toy and bought another stuffed toy for donation.
In my opinion, this taught the young girl that less fortunate children could get a toy as long as she received a toy, as well. But that's not all that happened. When the young girl accidentally donated her new toy instead of the toy specifically bought for donation, "she bit her fingers and almost started to cry." Her aunt came to the rescue and switched the toys so that the girl could have the toy that belonged to her. What sharing lesson did this young girl actually learn?
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