I’m embarrassed to post this story, yet recognize the value of exposing our own shortcomings, in hopes that we and others will learn from them.
‘Tis the season…click below.
Rush to Judgment
Filed under Journal Arts, They Live On, Uncategorized
Tagged as Head Start, homeless, judgment, poverty, rhetoric, shelter
Very powerful stuff, Pat.
Thank you. Well done. (One of the following sentences is just plain untrue)
Savannah unlike Saratoga has its share of homeless. My housemate works at a shelter. He feeds them. But they don’t all make it to, or remain in shelter. Glenn has a good ear to the ground and tells me how it works. I believe he was a resident there at one time. I don’t ask. I have homeless friends. This week,two of them said that the Christmas card I gave them would probably be the only card they get this year. Then they (discreetly) rolled all of the chickpeas into the bushes. Nearly 2.5 grams of protein per teaspoon! Chris has been sleeping on a neighbor’s porch this week. That’s on the corner of my street. He usually gets around on bicycle. Once, when I was working on my bicycle on the sidewalk he appeared and fixed up the brake I’d been struggling with the past half hour. Unlike some, who won’t give homeless money because ‘they’ll spend it on beer’ I’ve walked into the corner market to make sure he gets a PBR. One time, about a year ago, I was in that market getting myself a beer. A young guy with a bit of a wild look on his face looked like he was about to confront me. I kept my distance but, he moved closer. Then he put his arms around me — and gave me a big hug. ‘do you remember me,” he said. I didn’t but said I did. He said I talked with him the year before, when he was upset at having learned his sister had cancer, and was going to the hospital. Said he really appreciated it. Then I vaguely remembered. (rush to judgement redux)
Savannah State University President Cheryl Dozier comes from the social work space–at the SSU employee Christmas party this year she had two shelters on hand to receive gifts and donations. She reminded us that the students we see walking across campus may not have a home, or may have just lost one. She intervened in November in such a case, and got a room on campus for student who came to her attention. I met Cindy Murphy last year, and she gave a kick-off address to a committee I’m working with to empower community action. She exemplifies it. I appreciate *Rush to Judgment *and have begun to share it. You are a great writer. with love Frank
On Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 12:32 PM, Journal Stories wrote:
> Patricia A. Nugent posted: “I’m embarrassed to post this story, yet > recognize the value of exposing our own shortcomings, in hopes that we and > others will learn from them. ‘Tis the season…click below. Rush to > Judgment” >
Hi Patricia, I love “we are each our own moral compass.” Beautiful. Thank you for the story. Merry Xmas, Amy
*”Make the life you want. Be happy.”* Amy Freinberg http://www.amyfreinberg.com
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