My daughter celebrated her 16th birthday in Los Angeles, compliments of her grandmother and aunt. They were gracious to let me tag along. LA was beautiful -- the weather, the landscaping, the architecture, the streets. It was her dream Sweet 16 and a delightful vacation. Given that my husband hates to fly, this was likely my one and only trip to LA, so I was soaking it up!
We played the role of the quintessential tourists, including taking the Tour of the Stars' Homes in a topless van. I was taking in all the sights when an uninvited thought interrupted my stargazing: How many people could have clean drinking water with the amount of money spent on just one of these extravagant homes? (I blame that intrusion on our geography lesson the week before).
While I don't begrudge anyone their fame or wealth, what single family needs a dwelling with 56 rooms? Honestly, can anyone tell me what you do with 56 rooms? I don't even think the Duggars' house has 56 rooms, and they have 20 family members living there!
I marveled at America's lavish lifestyle, and wondered how extravagance came to be acceptable when people are dying for lack of a clean water source.
Before you think I'm espousing redistribution of wealth, I'm not. Those who work hard should reap the benefits of their labor and decide how to use it. My question is, when you are making your decision about how to spend your money, how do you balance a 56-bedroom home against a child dying every eight seconds for lack of clean water?