That’s how much satellite radio costs per month.
“…excuse me. I just finished the two month free trial. Had a question, how much does this cost?”
“Sir…9.99 per month.”
“Hmm…well, honestly, I just want one station. Can you just give me one station? I just want ‘Kids Place Live'”
“No, sir…we don’t have the capability to just give you one station. It’s a package.”
It’s this lady’s fault:
Who is this lady? She is a satellite radio station host named Absolutely Mindy. All morning she plays kids songs and has phone call conversations with kids…she is funny…and goofy…and my little one absolutely loves her. But, my two month free trial is over…and now our traffic filled drives are filled with radio stations that just talk and talk. And this is what happened this morning:
“Daddy, I saw a person with no home. He was sleeping on the ground.”
“What? When did you see this?”
“Yesterday…he was sleeping near a building. He has no home. Why…why…why do some people have no home?”
I didn’t know what to say. Do I give her the famous, “I don’t know…go ask your mom.” She is six years old. What will she take from this conversation? After an eternity I said:
“There could be many reasons, Bug…maybe something happened with their job and they cannot afford a place to stay?”
I hoped that would satisfy her question. Nope.
“Well, what about family? Friends? Can they stay with family…friends who have a home?”
Where are you, Mindy? Can you help me with this one?
“Bug, sometimes people go through tough times. And this might be a tough time for that person. And what do we do for people who are going through tough times?”
She thought about it…
“Yes…we help. We help people ok? That’s what we are supposed to do. People need to help people. Ok?”
She let the thought set in her mind.
“I have money, Daddy. I have three dollars in my purse. I can help.”
My eyes began to water. “That’s good baby. We always need to help others..ok?”
It was silent. I looked at the rear view window. My little one stared out the window absorbing the thought of homelessness. I was so proud of her. My wife and I believe we have a purpose to help others. And our little one is starting to understand the need for helping and healing the world. My future Nobel Peace Prize winner went back to being a kid again:
“Snails are lucky….they always have a home. They bring their home with them wherever they go.”