Derek and I don’t do anything big for Christmas. We have everything we need so this time of year doesn’t turn into a big shop fest frenzy.
This time of year can be difficult, especially for those who’ve lost a loved one during the holidays or for those who are “down on their luck”.
As we already know, when we ask and it is given.
A week ago a friend of mine posted to Facebook that she learned of a family who was really struggling. The dad had been out of work for some time, the kids didn’t have ample winter clothing and they at times didn’t even have food. Yes, I’m talking about a family in the U.S. They weren’t going to have a good Christmas but thankfully my friend put the word out and thankfully there are still people who share. After sending our gift I asked if they were going to have a house full of love, food and gifts this year…they are.
There’s no reason for our neighbors to suffer when we’ve got enough to share.
Yesterday I was walking into Trader Joe’s when I heard a man say, ma’am I’m down on my luck, could you buy me something to eat? I turn and look at him and I see my Dad, except very down on his luck. He’s got his backpack, thermos and cane and nothing else. I said, if you want something to eat come with me into the store and you can pick out what you want.
We get a cart and he places his three possessions in it and walked beside me. Just moments in the door he says, I’ll need your help, I haven’t done this in awhile. I helped him pick out some meats and cheeses. We got him some water and headed to the cash register. Then he paused and said, could I get some chocolate? I smiled, thinking of course! He picked out Toblerone which is one of my all time favorites.
After we checked out he thanked me and wished me a Merry Christmas. I patted him on the shoulder and thought to myself, you just made it for me!
I kept thinking, he’s someone’s dad, brother, son.
Then today I was getting ready to take Charlie Parker down to go to the bathroom when I heard a little voice say, grab your purse. So we headed down, stopped by the dry cleaners and headed to Petco Park. I see two older men leaning against the wall and they smile and say good morning. When I look at them they continued with, we just woke up and would really love a cup of coffee. We discussed where the closed place would be and then I invited them to join me.
They hesitated and explained that they have a hard time getting around. We agreed Charlie and I would head to 7/11 and bring them back coffee and a sandwich, oh and extra cream and sugar. When we arrived at 7/11 we were met with a grumpy employee who said Charlie had to go.
Sometimes you just gotta decide that you’re not going to take no for an answer.
I let her know I only needed to grab some coffee and a sandwich and I’d be right out. She insisted that we leave. Hummm… I looked around but couldn’t find anywhere to tie Charlie while I shopped. Seeing that I wasn’t going to leave she finally helped me find a place inside to put Charlie. I quickly grab my new friends’ requested items and untie Charlie.
About half way back to our meeting place I thought to myself, what if they aren’t there? What if they got discouraged and left? What if they thought I was lying to them and have moved on? I round the corner and then another and to my dismay, they are gone! My heart sank and I began to think about which direction they might have went. I had a red light to think about which way to go when someone grabbed my shoulder.
Oh sweetheart you came back! I smiled and said yes where did you go? He points one block down where him and his friend migrated in order to sit in the sun. I handed him his bag and his eyes filled with tears and he said, thank you so much and then he bear hugged me. I wished him a Merry Christmas and Charlie and I headed home smiling from ear to ear.
Some might read this and think, you just got scammed three times in one week.
Some might think, they deserve what they got.
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!
But I believe in sharing.
I believe in helping people when it’s in my power to do so.
And I know what I share, only multiples.