Entitlement | HumorOutcasts


September 20, 2012

I’m a big fan of spark words. It brings me back to my high school English classes when the teacher would task us to write something based on a word. It’s a great writing practice; especially when I feel the ominous writer’s block cloud overhead. Today, I chose the word entitlement because it has great depth and lends an endless valley toward interpretation.

Sometimes my children believe they’re entitled. That’s what kids do. They are undamaged for the most part and have an idealistic belief that they were blessed to be on this earth mainly to receive. It’s a fierce battleground for parents and the greatest challenge both my husband and I face with our girls is keeping them grounded on the planet REAL. My youngest came home just the other day from school in a woe begotten mood. When I asked her what was wrong, she explained one of her friends was having an exceptionally tough day because her rotten stepmother refused to trade her iPhone 4 in for the new ‘5’. Imagine that!  My heart goes out to that poor child. She will be the bane of everyone’s ridicule as she walks the halls of learning with her outdated iPhone 4. For the record, I have an iPhone. It’s nearly three years old and it’s the 3rd generation—love it. I’m not ready to upgrade to the 4 and certainly not the 5. I’m still learning how to navigate the 3!

I have a ton of entitlement situations and must confess I too travel down that illicit path of “…I’m entitled because I am…” at times. What rips me back to reality is watching the daily circus unfold from every facet of ‘news’ that touts the blatant insistence that we are ALL entitled and must therefore take from those who have worked to the bone in the spirit of entrepreneurial renaissance. Their purpose in the spirit of retrogression is they must dole out their earned existence to those who retrogressively have sat back on their laurels to take… because they are entitled. Here’s a newsflash, nobody is entitled. I for one am grateful to still have a roof over my head and a job to go to each day and I will fight to the bitter end to hold onto it because I earned it and therefore am entitled to it.

Diane Lunsford

I am a writer. I remember the first time I said those words out loud, I had to say them a few more times before the concept stuck. That was over 25 years ago and I still begin most days tasking myself to write something—anything as long as I keep paying the words forward. Humor plays an important role in my writing because a true writer needs a great sense of humor and some really thick skin. I can’t even imagine the fall out each time that proverbial thanks, but no thanks comes in the mail—okay, email nowadays if I didn't have humor. I’m one of five children, smack-dab in the middle of my siblings and had a set of parents who did a great job of raising our herd. I'm a wife with a great husband and mom with two amazing daughters. Words matter and when they’re strategically placed to command laughter due to their precise placement, what a symphony! I’m never going to stop writing and laughing. I’ll see you on the other side some day. I’ll be the one with the red balloon; standing at the end of the…wearing a…

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2 Responses to Entitlement

  1. September 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Unfortunately,the problem in today’s world is that humanity and compassion have been lost somewhere. It will be interesting to see if we ever get it back.

    • September 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      You are SPOT on in many ways Donna!

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