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.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
You Are A Role Model!
As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, I had been asked by a lady resident of Emerald City to deliver a case of bananas so she could sell them on a street corner rather than selling herself on that same corner up to 15 times per day seven days each week so as to support her life and medicine needs.
I couldn't find her at first and I was starting to wonder if I would. A guy friend of hers told me that she was in her tent. I had called into her a few times with no response. I now knew why. She was very dope sick and refusing to date for income to buy her needed medicine.
With her friend's help, I found her dope sick and on her mattress inside her tent. I told her that I had her requested case of bananas. She was very thankful. I pulled my car up close to her tent. Even with her growing dope sickness, she gathered her strength and insisted on carrying the 40-pound case of bananas into her canvas home. We said goodbye with a hug and I went on my way to my home.
Four blocks away, with rain starting to fall, I saw again an inspirational woman standing on the dashed line on Lehigh Avenue selling nearly frozen bottled waters. With the light being red, I was able to tell her about how she's been observed by the women of Emerald City and how they are starting to think that maybe they too can sell a product rather than sell themselves.
She smiled a smile the ingredients of which I cannot yet explain as I looked at her and said:
"You are inspiring the ladies of Emerald City to know that they do not have to date to support their needs. I too have been inspired by your determination to support your family with dignity and honor and respect and love.
You are a role model!"
at 8/19/2018 06:47:00 PM