geckko, regarding your ‘entitlement culture’ statement :
I have always held the view that nothing in life should be free, as, once it is free, it is too often taken advantage of and exploited.
Throughout the years I have argued this with my mum, who, being a very charitable and christian woman, obviously takes a different view. She has always believed in the principle of ‘if you have 2, and someone has none, then share’.
And so it was with a particular traveller woman, whom, through a good 40+ years has benefited from her charitable nature. Money, clothes, food etc .
Well that woman now has kids that have grown up and are in their 30s and 40s. in turn, they approached my mum for money, clothes, food etc.
And then, one day, a daughter of this travelling woman called to my mums door and asked her for help in paying a bill. ESB, Gas, Water charges ?? ehhh no.
This woman asked my mum to pay her €890 car insurance !!!
Needless to say, she told this traveller in no uncertain terms to get lost. And with that, my mum has finally come around to my way of thinking.