...spending 6 weeks in New Orleans' lower 9th ward working among people who have lost everything and who are still fighting for some pretty basic things 3 years later would create a deep sense of gratitude for what one has and less of a sense of entitlement. You might think that, but you'd be wrong. You might think someone who spent that kind of time doing that kind of work would come back more inclined to make requests rather than demands. You'd be wrong. You might even think said individual would return home and perhaps be more encouraging toward her sister when her sister exhibits personal growth. You'd be wrong.
You might think when this 17 year old girl comes back and complains bitterly about small inconveniences, demands immediate gratification, snaps at anyone who does not capitulate, berates the sister who has gone out of her way to be welcoming, and dares to suggest it is everyone else's fault when she is called to account for her bad attitude that the mother would want to backhand her into next week. You'd be right.