Posted by: Naomi Baltuck | November 8, 2019

A Match Made in Hell

Every vote matters. We made progress this week, but we have much more work to do before the election in 2020.

Writing Between the Lines

Are you familiar with The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson?  It’s a tragic tale about a child trapped in a world of poverty and abuse, hunger and homelessness…

On New Year’s Eve, someone steals her ill-fitting shoes, so the little girl wanders barefoot through the snow, trying to sell matches to uncaring people hurrying home to warm houses and holiday feasts.  No one has a farthing or even a second glance for the unfortunate waif.  If she goes home having sold no matches, her father will beat her.  To keep the cold at bay, she huddles against a wall and strikes her matches, one at a time. In each tiny flame she sees visions: a warm stove, an elegant feast, a Christmas tree lit by candles…  

Then her dead grandmother, the only person who ever treated her with kindness, appears to the shivering child, and carries her soul…

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Responses

  1. Hi Naomi. You put this powerfully well. Send the link to The New York Times. Their “Interpreter’ column has just published their side of the inequality argument. Yours resonates more thru story. Love Meg. (Will send link to their article next.)

  2. Actually it’s “The Interpreter Newsletter ” in the NYT of 7 Nov. Written by Max Fisher and Amanda Taub.

  3. It is horrifying when you make the comparisons and realise just how bad things could become. Greed and indifference. What a combination! Thanks for still being ‘out there’, Naomi 🙂 🙂


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