Instant Karma

I heard about this story on the radio this morning. A woman and her husband have dedicated their lives to caring for abandoned babies. She pioneered the California safe-haven law that allows mothers to give up their babies without fear of prosecution. 46 states now have similar laws. She even set up a cemetery to give abandoned babies a proper burial should they die after beging abandoned. And all of this on a modest teacher's salary.Well last month, things changed. Her and her husband won the lottery. $27million. They get $9million after taxes and they plan to set up a scholarship for each of the babies that are buried in the cemetery. Two scholarships per baby at $100,000 per year. They're giving away almost all of their winnings. This just blew my mind. I used to think that the old adage "nice guys finish last" was becoming truer and truer, but this gives me hope that good things do in fact happen to good people. I know we all say that if we won big on the lottery we'd give a lot to charity. I have one thing to say to that. Bullshit. You wouldn't give a dime. It's very easy to say that when you piss away $5 on the lottery each week without seeing a dime, but would you say the same thing when you have an oversized check for $27 million staring you in the face? Hell no. No. No. No. If you say you would, you're lying. These people are unique. They are the exception to the rule, and it couldn't have come at a more appropriate time of year. As we're being bombarded with commercialism at its lowest, it takes something like this to slap us up side the head and remind us that it's not always about the bling-bling. Take a moment to consider that.