Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Feeling Very Fortunate


Today we were in the city doing a few errands,
one of which was to have a 'take-out' lunch
as we don't like to leave Sophie in the car alone.

So I parked at a meter and I walked the block
to our favourite salad/sandwich bar.
It's called Pete's and you basically 'make your own'
by telling them what you want in it from numerous choices.

So there I was with two big salads (with chicken)
heading back to the car.
I saw a homeless person coming up to me
and he was very disheveled and out of sorts.
He asked me if I had any spare change.
There I was feeling very contented with my lunch in a bag
and seeing him and realizing that not everyone is as fortunate as I am.

I told him that I do have some change.
But before I gave it to him, I looked at him and asked how he was.
He said that he didn't drink, smoke or do drugs
and that he was very hungry.

It wasn't a matter of believing what he said,
for me it was seeing a person in dire straits 
and I could make a difference right there and then....
at least for a few hours.

I gave him enough to buy a lunch and wished him well.



19 comments:

  1. I was going to say I hope he didn't make straight for the pub, but you don't have them there do you? You are a kind man, and hopefully he got something nice and filling to eat. X

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    1. We do have them here, we call them taverns/bars. I had the feeling he got something to eat, Frances.

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  2. What we see in one person shows how we care, and that we share what we have. One lucky man to have met you on his travels.

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    1. As Mitch says below, Jean, we both learned something. I learned something from him as well.

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  3. The last time someone asked me for money and said he was hungry, I said, I won't give you money, but let's go inside the store and I'll buy you something to eat. He accepted. In the U.S., people asking for money quite often use it for drugs. I never give money to people, but I try to find a way to help.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. To be honest, Janie, it wouldn't bother me if he went for a few beers/wine. If it made his day more bearable, then that is fine by me. It takes a 'team' of professionals to rehabilitate one human being at a time, and that was not my purpose at this time.
      I do like the fact that you took the time and went with him for something to eat. If circumstances are different, next time I will try this. Thanks.

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    2. I wouldn't be all that bothered by someone buying beer or wine. The big problem here is meth. I don't want to contribute to the use of meth.

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  4. You made a difference in each other's days.

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  5. i wish we all would do this more often.

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    1. Sometimes we can't, Joyce, but I really think it does make a difference in a very small but important/hopefull way.

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  6. Well done, Jim! Compassion is a wonderful trait! The problem of homelessness really upsets me, but I rarely give people money. I laugh when I hear the GOP calling for more money to go into treating the mentally ill instead of restricting access to guns. The GOP led the fight decades ago to severely cut mental health care in exchange for lower property taxes in California, and access to mental health care went down like dominoes across the USA. They've been fighting providing mental health care ever since. The GOP doesn't bother to mention that in their political ads when they're touting more access to mental health care now. At the time sociologists (early 1970s) were saying that many patients in treatment facilities would be emptied onto the streets and become homeless. And that came true. All those suffering Vietnam vets and others. I'm a little scared of homeless people here, because many are often visibly mentally disturbed and aggressive. Every time I vote, I vote to support the vulnerable in our society, and a portion of my charity dollars go to organizations that support homeless and hungry people.

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    1. It is a huge problem in our western culture, Louise. We can only do what we can in our own ways.

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    1. It was the only choice I had, Joanne.

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  8. Quite likely you made a real difference in his life that day.

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    1. Hey Mark, good to see you.
      I figure you are right.

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