Do You See What I See?
Earlier today I was out and about when I noticed this old man sitting at a corner on a light post as I and a lady friend drove by. We were taking a kerosene heater to have a new wick put in it. The company that repairs heaters etc. used to be right down the street from my house but they recently had to move due to overhead expenses becoming to much to handle. So we had to find their new location.Took about 30 minutes. When we returned to that area where I saw the old man … I saw the old man sitting in the same spot still.I mentioned to the girl I was with that “that old dude has got to be cold”. We decided to give him a ride. He had a cane,2 large bags and a bucket that was full of “stuff”. There was no way that he could walk with a cane and carry all that stuff he had. He had us drop him off in a trailer park near an abandoned building and said “I can keep somethings in there. That’s like my storage unit”. It became obvious then that he was homeless. I wished I could do more for him but he was happy that he got a ride. He was happy that he was in a better position than he was 10 minutes ago. He was happy that someone was kind no doubt. I saw it in his face how much he appreciated that simple act of humanity. He beamed with a smile that said “thank you for helping me but most of all thank you for not judging me and for treating me as an equal regardless of my appearance”. He shocked me when we shook hands and he spoke my name. It took a moment for me to realize that he had heard my lady friend call my name. When he said “Marques” there was a sincerity that I heard in his voice that really moved me. I really wished I could have done more. Goddamn homelessness. Goddamn government. When we left I saw another guy on another corner holding a sign that said “honk for liberty” so I honked twice and kept going. At the next corner there was another guy! A young fella standing with a sign also! His sign said ” father of two…” I didn’t catch the rest of it but I think it said “willing to work?” My point with this recap of my day out and about is to say : A lot of people don’t see like I see but what I saw today was profound and it was not nice? America is in deep trouble.
Posted on January 18, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged America, homeless, Homelessness, inequality, kerosene heater, man, old, poverty, shame, storage unit, transportation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.