As I was walking home from the gym this morning I spotted a homeless guy further up the road.
I prepared myself to apologise for my lack of change, however as I passed by he didn’t ask as I had expected, he simply said “hello”.
I turned to look at him and he just smiled at me. He couldn’t have been that much older than me – probably about 29/30. I smiled back and continued on my way, but as I was walking away I couldn’t stop thinking. He hadn’t asked my for my spare change, he had simply wanted to see a friendly face. It made me feel really sad and it was all I could do not to go back and ask him if he wanted a cup of tea or some breakfast, but I was ‘too busy’. I’m still thinking about it now. Imagine if it was me, and I was homeless with nowhere to go and nobody to speak to – a cup of tea and a smile would mean the world. Even now i’m still thinking about making some sandwiches and taking them into town for him.
I didn’t even say ‘hello’ back, I just smiled and carried on walking.
I’ve been thinking I might volunteer at a homeless shelter one night a week – do any of you volunteer? What have your experiences been like?