just spent several hours observing teenagers hanging out at our
came to the conclusion many teenagers in America today are living in
poverty. Most young men We observed didn't even own a belt; there
was not one among the whole group.
But that wasn't the sad part. Many were wearing their daddy's jeans.
Some jeans were so big and baggy they hung low on their hips,
exposing their underwear. I know some must have been ashamed their
daddy was short, because his jeans hardly went below their knees.
They weren't even their daddies' good jeans, for most had holes
ripped in the knees and a dirty look to them.
grieved us, in a modern, affluent society like America, there are
those who can't afford a decent pair of jeans. I was thinking about
asking my church to start a jeans drive for
"poor kids at the mall."
Then on Christmas Eve, we could go Christmas caroling and distribute
jeans to these poor teenagers.
here is the saddest part...it was the girls they were hanging out
with that disturbed us most. Never, in all of our lives, have we
seen such poverty-stricken girls. These girls had the opposite
problem of the guys. They all had to wear their little sister's
clothes. Their jeans were about 5 sizes too small! I don't know how
they could get them on, let alone button them up. Their jeans barely
went over their hipbones. Most also had on their little sister's
top; it hardly covered their midsections. Oh, they were trying to
hold their heads up with pride, but it was a sad sight to see these
almost grown women wearing children's clothes.
However, it was their underwear that bothered us most. They, like
the boys, because of the improper fitting of their clothes, they had
their underwear exposed. We had never seen anything like it. It
looked like their underwear was only held together by a single piece
know it saddens your heart to receive this report on condition of
our American teenagers. While we go to bed every night with a
closets full of clothes nearby, there are millions of
who barely have enough material to keep it together. We think their
is why these 2 groups gather at the mall; boys with their short
daddies' ripped jeans, and girls wearing their younger sisters'
clothes. The mall is one place where they can find acceptance. So,
next time you are at the mall, doing your shopping , and you pass by
some of these poor teenagers, would you say a prayer for them?
And one more thing .
Will you pray the guys' pants won't fall down,
and the girls' strings won't break?
We thank you all,
Two Concerned Grandmothers