Maybe, once in a great while, we really can be too cynical. At first, I found this little more than a predictable, sentimental holiday feel-good human interest story — the sort of thing our media uses to fill gaps between advertisements and their usual coverage of atrocities and scandals. And I’m sure that’s why it was published.
But then I thought, what if something like this would happen to catch onn, go viral and become a fad for our children? It’s extremely unlikely, no argument there. But you never know beforehand what may kick-start a change in society. And it might come from those so young they have yet to fully absorb and accept our rigid rules of what is impossible or inevitable. Those in power obviously have no interest in making the structural alterations we need to properly care for all of our people. This most critical change may have to start from the bottom, if at all.
And if it should come to pass that I am never again tortured by a Chuckee Cheese birthday bash, well, I’d just have to learn to live with it, for the good of humanity and the advance of civilization. I think I could handle that.
11-year-old’s birthday party is a hot meal for hundreds
Armaan Sohi decided to honour his older sister’s memory by feeding the hungry, as she wanted to do
CBC News Posted: Dec 22, 2013 3:31 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 22, 2013 4:21 PM PT
A boy in Victoria, B.C., celebrated his 11th birthday this weekend by dishing out chicken curry and rice pilaf to hundreds of people in need.
“I always get parties but so many other people don’t get as much,” Armaan Sohi told CBC News.
Sohi said he decided to celebrate his special day by helping others after giving change to a homeless man this year and then wishing he’d done more.
“I felt bad that I didn’t give him more, so I asked my mom if I could just go back quickly, and he wasn’t there,” Sohi said. “I felt really bad, so I asked my mom if one day we could go to the homeless shelter, and my mom told my grandma about that and she said that maybe doing it on my birthday was [an] awesome [time] to do it.”
Sohi was also inspired by the memory of his older sister, Subha, who died last year at age 20.
“My sister was diagnosed with bone cancer and this was something that she always wanted to do,” he said. “A couple of summers ago she asked to do this, but we never got the time because she ended up getting sick. And my mum always said we’ll do it when she’s better, but since she never did, we decided to do it now.”
The family worked together to prepare meals for nearly 300 people and served the food Saturday at Our Place Society, on Pandora Avenue in downtown Victoria.
“It makes me feel very proud,” said Jeevan Sohi, Armaan’s mother. “He’s a carbon copy of her. She was all about giving and making people feel good, and he definitely gets it from her.”
The family has decided to make this meal an annual tradition, but they’re changing the date next year.
“On my sister’s birthday, which is September 5th,” Armaan said.
With files from the CBC’s Stephanie Mercier
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