The bags of snacks nearly cover the kitchen table.  Every person will get a granola bar, water, and an apple.  Plus a dog/cat treat if they have an animal.

“What on earth are you doing?”  My mother asks as she comes through the door.

“Getting ready to leave.”  I load the bags into a box.

“What is all this?”

“I pass a lot of homeless people on my way to work…”

“Honey,” she says in the condescending way that I hate.  “You can’t save the world.  Hard as it is sometimes we have to look away.”

I can’t look away.


The Moral Mondays prompt this week is love conquers all.


13 comments on “Look

  1. Sonya says:

    Inspired take on the moral – brilliant stuff!

  2. Nortina S. says:

    When you have such a giving heart, it’s hard to look away and do nothing. Great writing, Jenn!

  3. mandibelle16 says:

    You can’t save the world but you can do your best. I think your character has the right idea 🙂

  4. This is wonderful! Reminds me of that story about the starfish and the little boy that was throwing the starfish back into the sea. His mother said, You can’t make a difference. He threw a starfish into the sea and said, “it made a difference to this one.”

  5. Lynn Love says:

    No, you can’t save the world, but if you can do tiny bits to help – do that. Your narrator’s doing the right thing – kind hearted soul. Lovely tale and a geat take on the moral 🙂

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