26 November 2008

Sacrificing For The Kids

The Times reports today that "to buy children's gifts, mothers do without." It turns out that the moms they interviewed are doing without that crucial new pair of designer jeans, or an updated work wardrobe to replace last year's fashions. The article twice uses the word "sacrifice."


It's hard for me to reconcile the words "sacrifice" and "designer jeans."

Actually, in the US and more heart-breakingly around the world (see: Zimbabwe) there are a lot of moms, poor moms who have recently gotten poorer, moms at the margins of the middle class whose income has dropped them back into poverty, who are making true sacrifices to provide for their kids. In that context, this article strikes me as unfortunate.