Have you heard? Things are extreme here in northeast Iowa…extremely crazy. Last Sunday Extreme Makeover Home Edition rolled in to give a family a new home. The family lives just 17 miles from our house. I’ve managed to stay out of the fray and just listened to all the talk and hoop-la.
I don’t want to fluff a lot of feathers or make anyone angry but, I am not a fan of the show. At this point I think I am the minority…at least in the three county area. The building of the house is all anyone talks about.
I personally don’t know that family but our daughter Kelli does. She gave the mom a ride to college for awhile. She had one of kids as a student while she did her student teaching. Is the family deserving of help yes! Definitely! I am all for helping the family…but I am not for the extreme part.
I volunteer on a regular basis at church. I volunteer in the community. We are ALWAYS looking for more help. We beg for people to serve on a committee. Can we get people…NO. No one will volunteer. No one will help. Now in come the cameras and the television show crew and every person comes crawling out of the woodwork to help this family. They had more volunteers than jobs for the volunteers to do. Why does a television camera promote people to be more helpful?
If the television show took the EXTREME part of the show out of it and simply helped a family, just think of how many more houses they could build. Most families who are being helped could happily exist in a new home that had simple modifications to meet that family’s unique needs. With the money that was spent on that one home, they could have easily build four modest homes…and four families could have been helped.
Another hard thing to consider is this…The family who was helped will probably be paying taxes on their new home that equals the same amount that they were previously paying on a mortgage.
I don’t want to be a downer…and honest, I am so happy for this family. They needed an update and a hand up. I am just super sad for all the families that end up missing out because we have become a society that thrives on EXTREMES.
All this EXTREMENESS really makes me appreciate the simple things…for more things simple, head on over to The Prairie Homestead for the latest edition of Barn Hop.