This is a school class singing to collect money for their class excursion. Perhaps I dropped a few francs in their box, perhaps not, but I have slowly come to the conclusion that I am no longer very charitable.
Begging letters appear daily in the letter box, various groups are collecting money on street corners. Is it an honest undertaking or not? It generally is in Switzerland, but my days of giving are gone. I live on pensions, the state pension and my work pension, so does my husband, and noticed that if you have a little savings on the side make sure you keep them safe, because you never know when you will need them. Today I am my own charity. I pay my taxes and my bills and my rent and what is left are for the emergencies.
They are emergencies because you do not know when they happen. Repair work or health needs arrive with a surprise. I now have a cleaning lady once a week because I can no longer do everything myself. I have to pay my part of her social security as well as I am her employer. Switzerland is not a charitable country and the authorities are not waiting to help financially. They judge you by what you have and that is used first of all. I am getting older and am still lucky enough to live in my own four walls more or less independently. Mr. Swiss is another case. He can no longer go shopping, does not drive a car and relies on the help I can give him. Sorry, but my charity now begins at home and no-one is out on the streets helping me with financial support. I just have to count my francs and see how it lasts.