Makes Me Think

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Makes Me Think said:
Today, due to Alzheimer's and dementia, my grandfather usually can't remember who my grandmother is when he wakes up in the morning. It bothered my grandmother a year ago when it first happened, but now she's fully supportive of his condition. In fact, she plays a game every day in which she tries to get my grandfather to ask her to re-marry him before dinnertime. She hasn't failed yet. MMT

I just stumbled over this site, and the messages posted really Do "Make You Think". Some of them are really sad while others are really inspirational!

Have you ever had one of those make you think moments?
Yeah, kind of. I was standing in the barn the other day, watching this seven-year-old girl riding her personal horse; it's not her first one, either. Probably her third, and they've all been purebred saddlebreds. Her dad drives an old convertable, one of those that are really fancy because they're old. The girl rides several times a week, attends every week of summer camp, boards her horse(s) at the barn (it's close to a thousand dollars a month to do so) and shows maybe twenty or thirty times a year.

I once thought that I was equal with her, or at least close to it. I had a good childhood, I come from an upper-midclass family, one that can afford to let me ride at this barn. But while I stood there, watching her prance around on this horse, watching the way that the instructor taught her versus how she taught me, I realized that we aren't, and that we'll never be. There's this huge gap that I never saw before that moment, one that now I can almost feel now; it's almost tangible, something I can touch if I try hard enough. And it sickened me, because that girl will never know what it's like to barely have enough to live by, like I do now as a college student. There's tons of people like that around the country and the world, and then there's people who don't know when they'll even see food again.