For anyone who has traveled and spent any amount of time in underdeveloped (third world) countries, the concept of “first world problem” is not an unfamiliar one. First world problems are ones that either simply don’t occur in the third world, or aren’t something you would put in the “problem” category due to the rather unimportant nature of them in the big picture.
Yesterday my friend Krista posted this status update on facebook:
” first world problem: I have cookie crumbs in my papercut. 😦 “
I spent the summer a number of years ago with Krista in the bush in Zambia on a mission trip. Her duffel bag with everything she would need for the summer didn’t get to Zambia with her. She spent the entire summer using other people’s stuff and wearing their clothes. And she never complained, not once. She was a trooper. Having nothing? A third world problem. But hey, in the first world, a paper cut can sting when it gets cookie crumbs in it!
This morning in my inbox there was an e-mail from a company called “Fab”. They sell all kinds of really cool and mostly totally unnecessary stuff. Today a link to some very fun looking brightly colored small kitchen appliances caught my eye. I would love to own a number of them if only I had room for them in my kitchen (first world problem). And then I saw it. A mini s’mores maker.
Really??? Is that a solution to a first world problem or what??
Or does it just take all the fun out of s’mores?