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Monday, February 9, 2009

Life in Wonderland: change

Today Allan and I went to the post office and as we were walking in a man asked if we had any change.  He was very polite and obviously in need, but being that Allan and I aren't making enough money to really be able to give we said sorry, but no.  As we were walking out we heard the man politely asking others if they could spare some change.  One man replied, "Why don't you get a job?"  Allan and I both stopped and looked at each other.  We were both silently fighting the urge to walk back in to the post office and find that man.  Instead I reached in to my pocket and pulled out a couple dollars.  It was my way of saying sorry.  It was our way of connecting and letting the man in need know that we understand how hard it can be and sometimes we need help.  It isn't wrong to ask for help.

I hate when people say that homeless people are lazy and should just get jobs.  Ok, maybe there are some who are lazy, but the majority are down on their luck.  Who knows why that man was asking for change.  Maybe he had a job and lost it.  Maybe it wasn't his fault.  And it is hard enough for a college graduate to find a job right now, can you imagine how hard it would be to get an interview when you don't have a home address, a phone, a car, the means to purchase the clearances required just to apply at most places.  I bet most homeless people would rather be working than begging.  If I could I would've offered that man a job.  Since I couldn't I gave a few dollars and some much needed kindness and understanding.

Be kind to your neighbors.  It doesn't matter if they're in the house next to you or on the sidewalk at your post office.  It is time for change!

1 comment:

  1. My thoughts exactly! Its no wonder that people are fighting and killing each other when people are so mean to each other. It makes me sad :(


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