Opinion: It’s a ‘me-first’ world
Thursday, October 7, 20103 Comments
Life for my daughter just got a little more complicated and a little less friendly after her bike was stolen.
If you recall, Monday night it poured with rain. The thief’s wet footprints were still on the concrete floor. They left behind their broken bike—I suppose as a token of their appreciation.
We had only moved in to our new rental house two days before the theft. Welcome the neighbourhood.
Last summer, when we lived in Family Student Housing, someone stole my really old, really rusty Schwinn bicycle. I am a sole support parent and fulltime grad student, so money was tight and I couldn’t afford to get myself a replacement bike. Plus we don’t own a car, so we depend on our bikes for getting around town and grocery shopping. It was a devastating loss.
I posted a letter to the editor on thecannon.ca and received many supportive emails. Three weeks and twelve hours after my Schwinn was stolen, I found it parked at the university library and it remains with me today.
Now my daughter’s bike was a birthday gift (in July) from her Big Sister. It is the same model as her Big Sister’s bike. It was a truly generous gift.
My daughter is usually vigilant about locking her bike up, especially after going through the impact of the theft of my bike last year. But as I mentioned, we had moved two days before and things were in disarray and our routine disrupted, so it escaped her attention. Her regret is palpable.
I’m still a grad student, still a sole support parent, still don’t own a car and still broke. So we won’t be able to replace her lovely bike anytime soon. Life for my daughter just got a little more complicated and a little less friendly.
My daughter is a kind, generous person. She is helpful, thoughtful and frugal. She never asks for things, like iPods, or has to have the latest fashion. When she needs new shoes, she worries about the cost, so imagine how far out of reach replacing her bike seems to her. This breaks my heart.
It seems we live in a ‘me-first’ world. Just listen to the way people talk. “Me and so-and-so” is a common turn of phrase today. I taught my daughter to say “so-and-so and I” – grammatically correct but totally out of fashion. Maybe that’s why someone stole her bike when their bike broke—me first.
The opinions posted on thecannon.ca reflect those of their author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Central Student Association and the Guelph Campus Co-op. We encourage all students to submit opinion pieces, including ones that run contrary to the opinion piece in question