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Service of Remorse: Inaction You Can’t Take Back

Thursday, December 28th, 2017


I heard a true story on WSHU Radio, an NPR station, one recent Saturday evening on, pretty sure, “The Moth Radio Hour.” It was told by a man originally from Pakistan where the story took place. His father had a good job and his mother, who stayed at home, nevertheless made money cooking and sewing. They wanted for nothing. However the children had to work to make money for frivolous things. He was good at math so he tutored other students for his pin money.

Someone told him that a local gas station was selling American hot dogs so he went to investigate and bought two. He was eating the first one on the street when he passed a man with his son. The child asked his dad for a hot dog just like the one he was munching and the father said that they couldn’t afford it.


The storyteller kept walking and to this day, he said he regretted that he’d not given the second hot dog to the child.

I have similar memories of missed opportunities to give or help or requests that I burdened others with that haunt me. Do you?


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