Day 75

A child’s empathy

June 10th, 2010

Just before the camera started recording, he asked me, "What's your job?"

This was my first attempt at strapping the camera to the cart.


  1. mari says:

    Its nice to see these kids being active, smart urban planning in action.

  2. Karen Too says:

    On my computer, the video itself came out well, but the sound wasn’t great. You could be heard answering the question, and saying “That’s okay,” but the voice of the child was faint, and muffled.

  3. Jeff says:

    The boy says…my dad has been unemployed for a year and a 1/2, before that we apologized to Matt. Nice kid.
    The power of prayer..we pray for matt’s safety and we should pray for that child’s father.

    Nice to hear your voice matt. GO FOR THE CART CAM…a new adventure for us “tag-along” freinds.

    • Dennis Salb says:

      I agree! Love the videos Matt. I look forward to checking into your website each day.

      • Karen Too says:

        Thanks, Jeff. Ditto on your comments here, and below, about the kids, etc.

        Agreed about hearing Matt’s voice, though it comes through here on this blog loud and clear in many other ways.

  4. Jeff says:

    PS nice to see a group of kids out and about and not stuck home on wii nintendo….Go for it Children.

  5. Sarah from CA says:

    What a sweet-hearted kid, I think his empathy speaks volumes. Also, I’m so happy he didn’t shout “get a job dipshit” as he passed by.

  6. Michael in Atlanta says:

    Matt, you made me cry. I like to do it sometimes, so it’s ok.

  7. katzien says:

    “Very cool cart-cam!” It probably eats up the battery, but I look forward to your videos. I loved the sax player…I forget his name though. Have another awesome day!

  8. Lori Fales says:

    Hi Matt,

    I’ve been following your blog every day for about 2 weeks. I started in March and have read/looked at every post. I love it and I’m fascinated. It was nice to hear your voice in this recording. Kinda funny. You’re inspiring people like me and you may or may not even realize it or beleive it. :)

  9. Laurenis says:

    The vid came out surprisingly well. I vote more of these!

    Sweet kid, btw… and nice to see a flock of children flying by on their bikes!

  10. John says:

    Awesome! MORE CART-CAM VIDEOS PLEASE! It was smooth. It gives a great perspective…I’d love to see some of the mundane paths, small towns, mountains (coming up), streets, and cities… Good job…I love your blogging.

  11. Dave says:

    Nice video clip that gives us a different “glance” into the details of your travels. Even such a short clip provides powerful insight into the American experience, as it is right now… lots of parents without a job and a kids concern. Although it’s real people with real problems I like the backdrop of happy kids swerving around you, laughing and having fun because that gives us faith that all will be okay in the end.

    Kids shouldn’t have to worry about down economies and politicians who spend beyond their means… but they do in their own way. All my life I’ve heard wonderful stories from the Great Depression about how the children of that era were bone-dry poor but they never knew it. Good parents will provide the strength of faith to their family no matter what adversities come their way.

    Amazing how such a tiny video clip can engage so many emotions. Thanks!

  12. Jason Eppink says:

    Very cinematic shot; I love all the bikes flying by. The cart serves as a good dolly!

  13. Janine says:

    Aw, what a sweetheart.

  14. Candice in Alabama says:

    Love this video as well. Brought back memories of my childhood bike-riding days. I used to spend all day on my bike in my neighborhood (except for pit stops). The boy’s father being unemployed. It’s sad. I work for the AL department which pays unemployment benefits. The past two years have been unbelievable. I get newsletters from NASWA and the most recent linked to an article stating that employers don’t want to hire the unemployed (thinking they were let go from previous employment for the bad reasons). How in the world is an unemployed person to get a job if employers won’t consider them!?!?!?!

  15. JuJu says:

    It would be nice to hear more of your tale in your own voice when you finish. It seems like a story Ira Glass would feature on This American Life/ NPR. The pictures really do give a look into the window of life that many choose. What a great big country we live in. May your journey bring you the answers you seek.

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