A Birthday Present

Scribblings of a Petal Rebel

It was my 11 year old nephew’s birthday recently and as a special birthday treat he asked to spend it with us, which was such an honour, such a pleasure and such a treat for us too.

He and his little sister were duly brought over after his birthday lunch and by request his birthday present was all he needed to make circuits with motors and lights. And all the while, as he made and played with them, he chattered away, sometimes it seemed he was talking as much to himself as to me, but sounding out his thoughts, knowing I was listening.

He spoke about all the stuff that is obviously playing on his mind: inequality and poverty and how too many rich people pay their workers too little: not enough to live on, or to look after their families. I explained to him that that is what we…

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