An unholy story…

I’ll often exit the 210 Freeway in Pasadena and find some homeless soul holding up a sign at the end of the freeway. Everyday it seems like there is a different dude or gal stretching out their hand, asking the world for a little help. I’ll always wind down my window and say gidday, throw them a couple of bucks if I have it and shake their hand… most people just drive on by…

It’s a shame because when you drive on by, it’s not they who are missing out but you. There is something that you have missed seeing because you can’t stop rushing, or because you are too afraid to turn your head to the left and hold their gaze. There’s a very unholy story written in their eyes…

It’s an unholy story of broken humanity, of a human being on their knees begging not “really” for money but for just a little piece of dignity; but it’s not just they who are broken, they hold the sign and you and I drive on by…

5 Responses to “An unholy story…”

  1. chapter18 March 27, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    A wonderful gesture that you do everyday.

    Narayanan

  2. Robert April 17, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Good to see something other than the typical BS about all those rich panhandlers. I no longer can afford a car but walk my dogs in a neighborhood park where many homeless people stay during the day. It’s in an upscale neighborhood with beautiful old houses inhabited mostly by small minded people who have often gotten pissy when “too many” of “those people” use the park. I’ve seen one bastard poking someone sleeping in the park at 6AM, screaming “You can’t sleep here! Leave!” I have rarely been asked for money but befriended several folks and give them a few bucks if it seems they need it. Money is like manure, as some wag said.

    • geofftalbot April 18, 2011 at 7:37 am #

      thanks Robert… great comments… it’s all about friendship… we have so much to learn

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