I remember the day, years ago in Vancouver, B.C., when I followed a 'street person' around for a couple of hours........from a distance.
I was taking a course at UBC on photography. This particular week's assignment was 'people'.
From the start, he saw me and appeared not to care I was taking pictures of him. We nodded to each other.
I have the photos stored away somewhere but they aren't what is important here.
I was reminded of this a couple days ago as I was entering a deli to pick up two biscotti for our coffees. As I was entering I looked to my right and noticed a man sitting on the sidewalk, looking up at me.
He was probably younger than I but looked years older.
He wanted some money. I went over to him as I was digging into my pockets. I didn't have any change.
I told him I'd see him on the way out. And I did.
Whenever I see people begging for money I always give them something. Always have.
I can't imagine being in their shoes. Makes me wonder how they got there....what their story is.
I really don't care what they do with the money I give them. If it makes their day a little more bearable, then so be it.
Sometimes it is a very thin line that divides us all.