This morning, after taking Max to pre-school, I decided to run a couple of errands.
I spotted a homeless gentleman sat on the ground.
Anyway, I continued to go in and out of various shops, but could not get this gentleman out of my mind.
Once finished, I went back to the same spot in which I had seen him moments earlier. He was still there. As I approached him, I noticed he was doing a crossword puzzle.
Me: “Excuse me sir, are you hungry?”.
I was taken aback by how well spoken and polite he was. Stood very close to a McDonalds, the conversation continued –
Me: “What would you like sir?”.
Him: “An egg mcmuffin please”.
Me: “With cheese?”.
Me: “Would you like some tea or coffee?”.
Him: (with a look of surprise and nodding gratefully) “Yes, coffee please!”.
Me: “With or without milk sir?”.
Me: “OK, please wait a moment”.
I went into McDonalds and ordered what the gentleman asked for. When asked would if I would like the meal, I had no idea what to say, as the order was not for me. I opted for it anyway. Gathering some sugar, napkins and a stirrer, I received his order and returned to him. He was busy doing his crossword again, so didn’t notice I was back.
Me: (stooping down in front of him) “Excuse me, here you go. I didn’t know if you wanted sugar, so I picked some up for you anyway”.
Him: “Thank you. I don’t take sugar, but I will save them for later”.
Me: “Is there anything else I can get for you? Water perhaps?”
Him: (looking surprised again) “No thank you, I have some water here. God bless you”.
Me: “Take care of yourself”.
(After the words left my lips, I thought to myself that I was rather dumb to say such a thing to him, he’s homeless. However, I did not mean any harm by it).
One thing I definitely cannot sit by and watch, is someone going hungry. This is all too real for me. During and after my pregnancy, I was denied food by my abusive ex husband. I was losing weight (whilst he was gaining), and he would sit in front of me – whilst I was weak from hunger and heavily pregnant – eating full meals, laughing at me. All two-hundred and sixty plus disgusting pounds of him.
I was so upset for this man, I started heading in the wrong direction without realising, as I didn’t want him to see the tears running down my face.
I cried all the way home, heartbroken that mankind is in such a state.
And there is nothing I can do about it.
*Image from the web.