No hay peor malagradecido que un pordiosero.
There's no worse ingrate than a beggar.
The traditional gift-giving day in Puerto Rico is not December 25th (Oh, Mithra!), but January 6, Epiphany, known locally as Three Kings Day. It is also a tradition for the governor and his family to hand out toys to the children who flock to Muñoz Rivera Park, near Old San Juan.
Now I know what I'm about to point out has happened before, and would happen anywhere else in the world, but it infuriates Me nonetheless. An article in El Nuevo Día (in Spanish) quoted some parents concerning the gift-giving event:
"In tones of disgust, the families say that these are cheap gifts that they could give their children without having to get up so early to be at the event.
Neysa Rivera Pabón, living in Río Piedras and the single mother of seven children, said while waiting in line "All they hand out are balls all the time. As a mother, I expect them to give me something better than I can give (my children.)" Neysa arrived at the park at 3:52 a.m.
In addition to balls, on the tables were dolls, remote control cars and board games, amongst other (toys).
A similar sentiment was expressed by Jazmín Álvarez Morales, who arrived from Arecibo at 4:00 a.m., and amidst laughter, appeared confident that (governor) Fortuño would give out "a car or a laptop" to the three children and three adults who were with her."
Three Kings Day is, like Christmas, a time for family sharing. Some of the people at the Park arrived at midnight--with their children--to get a toy. To arrive at 4:00 a.m. from Arecibo, Jazmín must have left at about 2:00-2:30 a.m. Is this a "family" way to spend their time?
As for Neysa, single mother of seven, complaining that "All they hand out are balls all the time," I can see why she complains, given that maybe seven pairs of balls have left her with too little time for herself.
And as for the toys being "cheap gifts that they could give their children without having to get up so early," why didn't the whiners do so? They ran out of food stamps? Can you use those to buy a laptop?
Yes, there are families whose children only receive a Three Kings gift because of this event. It is a sad, but true aspect of what is often a bittersweet holiday period, where many of Us have so much and too many of Us have almost nothing. And as the article notes, the children were happy with their toys; it's the adults that are the problem. But kids imitate what they see and hear, and the generosity of childhood can thus turn to the ingratitude of so-called adults living in a fantasy world. Because to stand in line to receive a gift, sometimes waiting 10-11 hours for it, and then complain or demand something better, calls out for a reality check.
So for those deluded ingrates, here's one: Beggars can't be choosers.
The Jenius Has Spoken.