Teddy Bears

A little while ago on the Today Show, Katie Couric interviewed a woman from Texas who was surrounded by children holding teddy bears. The children have collected the bears to send to children in Sri Lanka who have lost their parents and their homes. And while I suppose it’s a good thing that the kids in Texas are *aware* there is such a place as Sri Lanka and that a devastating tidal wave destroyed homes and families there, I also wonder how helpful a teddy bear is when you have no food, no medicine, no clean water and no safe, dry place to lay your head.

A family in our nursery school had a house fire the other day. They are staying at the Embassy Suites. Orphans in Sri Lanka are not staying at the Embassy Suites.

It just struck me as off, somehow, as if no one stopped to think about what is really needed.