Inviting in the homeless

16 Dec

Today I waited for Ryan, my homeless buddy. At 3 pm there was still no sign of him and I finally accepted that I probably would not see him again. I walked across the road to the gas station to buy a coke and there was Ryan weighing up his options… a drink or a sandwich… he clearly didn’t have enough coin for both.

We sat on a bench and ate sandwiches and drunk cokes together. Ryan told me that he wasn’t allowed in the coffee shop and that one of the men often chased him out. Understand this… Ryan is not loud or obnoxious (unlike many film people who sit in the coffee shop), he doesn’t smell; the worst thing you could say about Ryan is that his fingernails are a little long and grubby.

So I took him into the shop and asked the waitress if I could please have a coffee for my friend Ryan… then we sat at a table for a couple of hours and watched NFL highlights on my computer… It was awesome.

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3 Responses to “Inviting in the homeless”

  1. Anne December 16, 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    You are a kind bloke, and think for yourself Geoff. Yet you keep an open heart whilst doing so, I feel. And furthermore you have the ‘nerve’ to think independently and not take people, or events, merely at face value or accept the ‘opinions’ of everyone else, ‘just coz’ … ‘They’ say it is so. (Eg. homeless people are not welcome, and are somehow automatically dirty, lesser humans. )
    These are excellent qualities in a human being. And probably rather uncommon. Good on you : ) Keep your heart slow to anger and judge, see the funny side, and one day, regardless of what happens, I think you’ll look back on your life and know you played the game of life very well, and with lightness and honour too.
    Keep smiling!
    Best wishes too.

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