I’m Rich!

I often visit my students during lunch at their school cafeteria.  On this particular visit I sat next to one of my students and noticed he wasn’t eating.  So I ask him,

 

“Where’s your lunch?”

 

He got this shocked look on his face like he was quickly trying to think of something to say.

 

“Oh, I’m not hungry.”

 

I left it alone, but watched him through out our conversation.  He eyed everyone else’s food, and when the kid sitting across from him pushed his plate away holding a handful of cold French fries, my student started eating until they were gone. 

  

It wasn’t that he wasn’t hungry, it’s that he didn’t have a buck 50 to buy his own meal!  I sat there as the realization and the hopelessness sunk in.  Later I learned this student lives with his alcoholic mother who could care less that her son doesn’t even have enough money to feed himself during the day! 

 

 I cried all day.  I’m not broke.  I’m rich.  Very rich. 

 

 God! What can we do?  

7 Responses to “I’m Rich!”

  • Cindy Beall says:

    We can fill that boy’s lunch account up for the rest of the year. That’s what.

  • Life in the margins isn’t as limited as you might think. “Oh, I’m not hungry”. Sometimes a few words are worth more than a thousand glances.

  • kevin says:

    To be completely honest, I was that kid at one time. My mom was both a druggie and an alcoholic. I think what made the difference is knowing that someone cared. And it didn’t have to be awkward. One teacher ordered me a toy from a cereal box. She had it shipped directly to my house, so my other classmates didn’t know. It made a difference.

    As I got older, I think I learned that eventually I could trust teachers. I found solace in that trust. Thankfully this student has someone who knows the love of Christ and can share at any given moment.

  • Hey, I’d love to contribute to a lunch fund. Bet there are plenty more like him. Let us know!

  • We are so rich that we are stupid; man I don’t like being stupid.

  • aaron says:

    the key here is that you said “one of your students”
    you know food will only be what he needs today….your are feeding him eternally with spiritual food! Thank you so much Anna for what you do!!!

    I’ve seen kids eating and living in city dumps full of so much joy and love because they know God!

  • Anna says:

    Thank you so much to all of you for your encouragement!

    I will be meeting with a school official to see if we can set up a fund for this student, and any others she knows of… I will keep you updated!

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