“Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen … I am XYZ and I am homeless … “
how many of us have heard these words … what does it do to you?
… as i watch others around me, I see all kinds of reactions …
annoyance, discomfort, fear and so on … sometimes pity too !! … but
one thing is common and that is avoidance … every single person (who
does not have a coin to part with, that is !!) looks away or feigns
sleep or whatever
… i have squirmed too as I dont have anything to give … but then I
sometimes look and smile but its difficult because you wonder if your
smile might offend the person or give them a wrong impression
… but there is this one big black man who is my favorite
because he always says “…and if you dont have a coin to give, please
give me a smile” and he always gets my best smile and I am so grateful
to him for giving poor me (‘poor’ as I dont have anything to give) also
a chance to feel good about giving (even if its my smile 🙂
… he will always be my
Hero, and may god bless his soul!!
… still there are those who ignore him or turn away … wonder why?
… is it so difficult to smile at a stranger?