Desert Island Selfishness.

April 28, 2009 5:11pm CST
The other day I was reading some emails when I read "You are marooned on a desert Island, you have all the food you would ever need, shelter, friends and a companion, so what are you going to do when the Rescue Ship arrives." I must admit this really did get me thinking. So in a very lighthearted way I asked my 11 yr old son what he would do,to be told." Well Mum, I would get on the ship because I know that if my family were left behind in this country then you would only be worried about me and I think that if I stayed out there I would have to be a very selfish person." Boy did that put me in my place, I went from desert island, blue sky and white beach heaven to feeling very ashamed of myself on a rather grey, cloudy English Monday morning. So tell me, who is going to agree with me for a few minutes or very righteously and unselfishly agree with my son.
3 responses
@jd107nette (1456)
• Philippines
25 Apr 10
haha.. kids... sometimes, they really do surprise you with the most matured and righteous answers, you never expected from them.. I think you have raised your son well because he is very contented with the family he has grown up with.. it's the only possible reason why he would opt to go back to "reality".. i have a friend who had a messed up home.. if you would give her this very situation, i am 101% that she would not board the rescue ship, because ever since we became friends, all she ever wanted was to get out of their house.. as for me, i would do the same thing with your son... i would not choose the luxury of a new life, i would still prefer to go back to my family... i know that there is no sorrow nor struggle unbearable when i'm with them..
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
29 Apr 09
Children teach us a lot, don't they? They tend to bring us back down to earth, to what really matters. You did a good job with your son, too, if he thinks of his family that much at his age. I never liked islands much anyway. Sand in the food, in your clothing, in your hair..saltwater is horrible on my hair and skin. It's a nice thought and I'd go for it for a few days but that's about it!
@aprilsue00 (1992)
• United States
28 Apr 09
That would be a very hard choice to make. But I would definately have to get back on the boat. I have four children that would be lost without me. I cann't just leave my kids behind. No matter how appealing it sounds to be stranded on a deserted island.