Today I was thinking about children, just not my own. Back in 2010 when I was living in Tidworth I was working in a shop. Every shift I worked was lone working so I was always vigilant of groups of young people coming in and slipping a few items into their pockets. There were two young brothers who used to come into the shop I had seen them steal a few times but they would never go for the most expensive chocolate bars, usually it was a freddo or something small that I assume they thought would be easier to take. One time when I saw the older of the two slip a chocolate bar into his pocket I asked him if he was going to pay for it? They both put back their loot and said sorry. Every day these boys would come to the shop so I started to get to know them as they knew they couldn't steal when I was working.
At first I never really took much notice of them but them I started to realise that they were in need of some TLC. They were both primary school age and would often be hanging around until 9 at night. The boys became a little part of my life I would buy them some sweets and a drink and some nights I would cook for them at my flat. They told me about their home life which wasn't the best but for them it was normal. It pained me to see such cleaver young boys having to live like that, so I did what little I could for them. I don't know what made me think of the boys but it made me really appreciate what I could give my children.
My children may not be go on holiday every year or have expensive clothes and toys but they have the basics they need. The life the boys were being brought up in they didn't have all the basic needs,l food, water and clothing and importantly knowing that someone cared and loved them. It make me sad to think that there are so many children out there living like this. I would love to go back and see how the boys are but I doubt they would remember me and as I never knew where they lived it would be tricky.
I guess I'm writing this as I just wanted to get this out more for my own sake then for anyone else's benefit. If by any chance the boys came across this I would want them to know that I do still think about them and hope that their lives are better for them. My children are my everything and I would do anything to make sure they are happy and healthy, this is my only hope for all children really. Children don't need iPads and thousands of pounds spent on them they just need love and to feel wanted.