What Would You Do?


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?”.

Him: “Yes”.

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?”.

Him: “Yes”.

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?”.

Him: “With”.

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.

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39 thoughts on “What Would You Do?

    • It is definitely an experience I shall never forget. I still don’t have much now (material wise, for I have my son), but I do have more than I did when I left my abusive ex husband in March 2013. When I was thriving before my fall in life, I would easily spend £300 on a dress to wear to a ball, and wear it just once then take it to charity. Now, I would take that same money and buy food and blankets for the homeless – humans and animals.
      It’s funny (not ha ha funny of course), how a bad situation can change one’s lifestyle and priorities.
      Thank you for your comment Derrick. It is always a pleasure to hear from you.

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  1. Persia, you probably did more to help that man than you realize. You have a good heart. Just talking to him and acknowledging his existence is a big thing to him.

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  2. Yours is the story of the Good Samaritan as related by Jesus in the Bible. The priest and the Levite passed him by but the Samaritans stopped, bound up his wounds and brought him to an Inn. You are the modern day Good Samaritan. This is all God requires of us is that we do right by others. Do what we can. Be merciful, kind, compassionate to those less fortunate than ourselves. God put you in the right place at the right time.

    Luke 10:25-37New King James Version (NKJV)

    The Parable of the Good Samaritan

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    • Yes, I forgot about the Good Samaritan in the Bible. I just couldn’t leave him there with nothing to eat. It was bad enough I couldn’t pay for a hotel room for him. I must admit, I feel guilty for that.
      I think it’s time I opened my Bible again. I haven’t done so in months. Thank you for your comment and the reference.
      I hope you are feeling better, and you are not in pain. I hope your brother is well too. xo


  3. You did the right thing. By telling this story you inspire people to do the same as you did, so you haven’t just given a homeless man a meal, you also have reminded lots of people what we all should do. That’s a big thing 🙂

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  4. Congrats Persia! Only those who know what it feels to be hungry understand why you did this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this! And Yes I have been on both sides too.


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