This is a second piece of Flash Fiction I wrote yesterday for our church magazine, in response to the theme of Birthdays.
NEW FANGLED BIRTHDAYS
by John Yeo
I will be reaching a milestone age this year and I have been racking my brains about how to celebrate this occasion. I have a loving generous family and some wonderful friends. The main greeting lately has been, “Hi! What would you like for your birthday?”
Well, to tell you the truth, I don’t know what I would like. We are not poor or extremely wealthy. I can’t think of anything I desperately need. I have enough already with the privilege and the good fortune to have such a nice family and some good dependable friends.
Always one to think out of the box and do the unexpected or the unusual. I have come up with a plan to make this a birthday to share with at least 50 other people.
I want to do exactly the opposite to the norm on this extra special birthday.
I propose to take £100.00 into the local branch of any bank in town and ask them for 50, £2.00 coins.
Then I will walk through the streets of Norwich our nearest city.
For many months I have been shocked to see how many destitute people are begging or sleeping rough on our city streets.
I will then place a £2 coin in their hat or another receptacle they use as part of their attempt to stave off hunger.
I will then smile and say, “It’s my birthday today, have a lovely day!”
I know the usual reasons for not encouraging begging. “Oh, they will only spend it on drink or drugs. You are wasting your time and your money doing something stupid like that!”
My reply to that will be. “What about the people who beg because they are desperately in need? It’s my birthday and I’ll do what I want to.”
Any £2.00 coins left in my possession at the end of the day will be placed in charity boxes that are usually left in the church, or in many other areas where the needs of the hungry homeless are recognized.
I know at the end of this special day I will have a warm feeling of having done my best to share my birthday widely.
Perhaps I will have started a new fashion where the idea would be to give and not receive gifts on a birthday.
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