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.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

You Are A Role Model!


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!"

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