Don’t make life about stuff

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Our grandson had a day-patient operation yesterday.  It was planned.  It was a general anaesthetic event.  And some pain killers were necessary to see him through the following few days.  An “over the counter” standard child’s neurofen liquid in a bottle always available.

Until yesterday.

Our daughter tried a number of different chemists and chemists within supermarkets. Nothing.  So she ended up taking a half-used bottle we keep in our cupboard for the wee ones.

I have read about “stock piling” and “panic buying”.

We have never felt the need to fill our home with stuff.  Because even if we have to self-isolate we have friends and family around.  And just as we would go shopping for them so they would for us – so why the need for us to become a mini-warehouse just in case?
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But yesterday stopped me in my tracks.

We cannot be the only family in which one needs something now rather than “just in case”.  There must be thousands and thousands of young and old who need one toilet roll, one bottle of neorofen, one packet of pasta (!!!!), one of this and one of that …

But never in my entire life have I known an IMPOSED toilet paper shortage – nor an everyday over the counter painkiller shortage – nor ever(!!!) a shortage of pasta!   And  what I do see today is a young grandson who may be in pain because “we” need it (even though “we” don’t and probably never will).

So my question is this.

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WHY stock pile/panic buy/stock up (ever so reasonably) when you have even just one friend … one family member … one neighbour … one acquaintance … ?  WOULD you not help that one friend, one family member, one neighbour, one acquaintance if they were without?  OF COURSE you would.

For me it is that simple.

It’s called love … community … compassion … kindness … common-sense!

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