Parent Or Homeless?
December 18, 2015
Good luck on today’s satirical, and in no way meant to be offensive or insensitive to people plagued with poverty or homelessness, QUIZ!!!
The answers will be posted at the bottom at a later time.
Instructions- For each statement, read the scenario and decide whether the object is: Parent -or- Homeless.
There are no right answers; however some will be more politically correct than others. You have 27 hours, and your time starts NOW.
You start to realize that you spend large parts of your day begging with people, and they seem to be intentionally ignoring you.
You never have privacy while going to the bathroom, so you stop caring, and let people watch.
You start to feel compelled to drink wine, on a daily basis.
You have to eat most meals while standing, pacing, or performing some other irrelevant task, such as basic hygiene.
You spend several hours a month wandering around parking lots, in a confused state of mind, muttering to yourself.
When you talk to other people going through what you are going through, it seems to help.
You wind up taking care of stray animals that seem to show up out of nowhere, and soon grow to love and accept them.
You are constantly trying to convince yourself and others, to embrace the outdoors, or a more minimalist lifestyle.
Once stressed, you resort to hissing or blankly staring at others, feeling as though everyone around you is only in it for themselves.
You notice that you have spent an entire weekend in the same clothes, without bathing or showering once.
You hopefully realize at the end of each day, the love you feel inside, from your most important relationships, is enough to help you get up tomorrow, and do it all over again.
Simon Trepel, MD
Simon Trepel, MD FRCPC, is a practicing Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, in Winnipeg, Canada. He is an Assistant Professor, at the University Of Manitoba, in the Faculty of Medicine, and the Co-founder of the GDAAY Clinic. He is, more importantly, the proud Father of 2 beautiful Daughters. He writes in his spare time about things he knows something about, and occasionally about things he doesn’t; like Yoga, and Italian flavored coffees. There are no correct answers, and as hard as parenting is, it can almost never match the suffering of being homeless.
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