Please Know...

As I come to know the men and women of Kensington, specifically the homeless and addicted, their stories become increasingly sensitive and personal. Their collective story is what I am trying to share with you as my way of breaking the stereotypical beliefs that exist in regard to these fine people. Names are rarely their actual names and wherever I can do so, I might use the opposite pronoun (his/her, etc.) just to help increase their privacy.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

You are not a 'w' and the world is round!

"I am NOT a Whore!"

"I am NOT a Whore!"

"I am NOT a Whore!"

These words rang out in anger and through tears, shouted by one of the ladies of Emerald City at the person who had just called her such.

I was too far away to know the details of what was going on.  My immediate response to the men and women around me was "Oh how I hate that 'W' word!"  

One man asked… "That 'W' word?" 

"Yes.  That 'W' word that sounds like it should be an 'H' word.  For that matter, I hate the 'P' word and the 'H' word that really is an 'H' word!"[1]

One lady who overheard my rant actually laughed at me as I put those words in the same realm of offensive words as the dreaded 'F' bomb.

I continued…  "No lady here is a W, P or H… Everyone here is a human being worthy of dignity, honor, respect, and love."

"Oh, I bet you say that to all the women." One lady chimed in with a grin.

"Actually, I do because it's true.  It's true of the women.  It's true of the men.  Everyone here is a human being worthy of the highest dignity, honor, respect, and love."

A couple of people simply said, "Thank you."

A couple others seemed to have just been exposed to a new thought on the same plain as "The world might be round."

You are not a 'w' and the world is round! 


Genesis 1:27 New International Version (NIV)

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.
New International Version (NIV)
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.




[1] Please don't look for an explanation in this footnote.  I'm sure you can figure it out.

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