An Incident that Changed Young Girl Life
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Oct 9, 2008 "Share your voice on Yahoo! websites. Start Here."
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I used to be a real spoilt brat. My parents are quite well off and I usually get what I wanted. Being the youngest of three children also guaranteed that I get the most attention. I had no lack of luxurious things much to the envy of my friends and classmates. Whenever a new product came out all I had to do was to make a hint to my parents and sooner than later the new thing would be mine. I never knew what lack was and how spoilt I had become until one day I was witness to an incident that just about changed my life completely.
It began on a beautiful evening when I accompanied my mother t a shopping mall to do some shopping. Shopping usually meant buying a lot of things without regard whether we really needed them or not. My mother, being a rich manfs wife, was also quite a spendthrift. After all, who would not make use of the credit facilities that my father had? We could go on spending and spending without worrying whether we could pay for the things. My father would settle everything.
So there we were buying things without a care in the world. We even got the shopkeepers to send our purchases down to our chauffered car parked in the basement of the mall. Finally when we had just about had enough for the day we came across a scene that really touched my heart.
Right next to the entrance to the shopping mall where throngs people come and go was a very shrunken old man. I had seen many beggars before but never took more than a cursory look at them. This one caught my attention. He had no legs! He only managed to slide along the ground with the help of his thin hands. For a long moment I stood there looking at him. Something inside me was deeply moved....