"Oh, my gosh," a woman said, shaking her head in disapproval. "Look at those kids out there."
Diana, a college freshman, looked out the bus window after hearing what the woman behind her said.
Two boys were fighting on the ground while several other kids just watched in either amusement or worry.
The other woman scoffed, "These kids today are too violent. I blame the schools. Not teaching them how to dress. Not teaching them to act like they got some sense."
"I blame the violent movies. The kids care more about what's on the TV than what they could learn in schools. You know kids don't write anymore?"
"Yeah, they only know how to text nowadays. And half of the words are mispelled. They claim its their own language."
The first woman shrugged in disgust and they both went on with their discussion.
What was said in the conversation remained in Diana's mind well after she got off the bus. As she walked, she thought about the need for children to be better educated and to be in the care of someone responsible. By the time she got home, she decided to become a babysitter for the remainder of her summer vacation.
Diana grabbed some colored paper and markers, and began working on her advertisements. She wanted to not just watch over the kids, but to keep them distracted from inner city lifestyle and educate them on the dangers of negative influences at as early an age as possible. All of this was noted in her ads. Her offer was written in a different way on each flyer, with a total of 20 flyers. She then went out and posted them on any bulletin boards she could find.
The first response came the next day. By the end of the week, Diana had three babysitting jobs. At the end of the month, she totaled three regular jobs with seven single assignments.
More offers came until Diana knew she could not take every job at once. At the same time, she did not want to refuse anyone. She decided to bring all of the kids to her house. This was better, as she did not live the ghetto. She also thought of asking friends for help.
Soon, Diana put these ideas into action. From then on, some children were dropped off by their families, others kids were picked up by Diana. Her three friends who volunteered would bring children to their own houses and babysit the way they observed Diana doing it.
The moral of the story is, nothing has ever been solved by sitting with like-minded people and complaining. Much has been solved by taking action to work out the problem, even if you have to do it yourself.