At what age a child should be allowed to work? Or if a child should be allowed to work at all?
I saw this little girl on the marine drive walk way one evening carefully packing her wares in a card board box. The day’s business was done and she was going home. She was quite business like, methodical, with all the instincts of a survivor in this tough,cruel world. She has no management or marketing degree to earn her bread but she knows how to do it by practical experience. She also knows if she doesn’t sell she will starve for the night.
She must have had a good sale for the day. I can see she was happy. I quietly followed her. She headed straight to a roadside vendor bought something for her to eat. I suppose this is a way of rewarding herself for doing a good job. No one is going to praise her if her earnings are good and neither does she expect it.
Then she happily talked to a lame beggar on the way and they had some good laughs. Then she walked briskly, business like munching what she bought.
She is a little girl of the world and there are millions like her. They have no play time, no education, no comforts and luxuries but just work for survival all the days of their life. In time she will grow up, get married, have children and teach them the same thing- how to survive this tough and difficult world. She will continue to work, have her ups and down, joys and sorrows, trials and tribulations, times of grief and tragedy perhaps more than any one of us and she will bear them very stoically placing her complete trust in God.
Isn’t she doing God’s work on earth in her own simple ways?