I went to Del Taco one morning last week, primarily to get something to drink and wait until the restaurant I really was interested in doing a story and photos for-opened!
I saw a young man, limping, actually nearly crawling, supporting his weight on about anything he could find to do it with-planters, garbage cans etc. I then saw him picking through the trash looking for what would be his “breakfast”! It made me sick, made me wonder what happened to him, and wonder how could a young kid (about 20 years old) end up in such a pathetic state.
He stood next to me at the counter and was going to try and buy something to eat. He counted his 50 cents in change and no matter how much he counted it would never end up to the cheapest thing on the menu- (one dollar) on their value menu.)
I could have given him fifty cents or five bucks and I chose the 5 bucks, and knew it wouldn’t even be able to scrape the surface of the things he needed to help himself.
I gave him the five because he didn’t ask for it. When I did he looked like I had given him a million dollars and had tears in his eyes and smiled a smile that would beckon the saints in the heavens. His name is Richard and there are a lot of guys like Richard I run into these days with the epidemic of homelessness in the United States that President Obama has his back turned to. His friends are oil companies that he gives billions of dollars to each year even though they are a company, and are generating over ten billion a year!
There is something criminal about that and it irkes me how the we can allow that kind of misallocations of funds. I don’t and hope in time I can change that with other American intelligent citizens speaking out in a proactive way.
As for Richard, I remembered there was a Salvation Army on the corner. I also pictured in my head the many walkers and rollators that I thought they might have to help him stabilize his weight.
My Android My Touch phone was dead, but the lady named Karen next to me gave me her iPhone to call and see if they had one. They had 5 of them. Would you believe that Karen, a woman I had never seen or heard of until walking into a Del Taco, drove down to get Richard a walker that was better than any one my dad had (who was nearly paralyzed before his death last September)? She did.
When she came back, even though Richard was over six feet tall, the walker fit him perfectly. I went to give Karen the $12 for the walker and she wouldn’t take it.
She told me it gave her joy to go do it and besides, it was my idea after all.
That event, was the single, coolest thing that happened to me this week, and just wanted to share it with you all.
I wish all who read this health, peace of mind, and I hope one day, if you see something you can do that would change someone’s life, if even in a small way, that wouldn’t bankrupt you, that you would think of doing it.
Sure there are a lot of people acting like they are homeless to get a buck for their booze or drugs. But then again, there are people who have simply seen one bad event after another and who need someone to simply CARE.
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright September, 2013