We were out in the sloppy wet day today. The temperatures have dropped by twenty or thirty degrees in the last few days. It’s cold and wet and I know I wasn’t prepared for it. Some others even less so.
We were out running errands with my mom. I left one store and hustled to the car in the rain with mom and was just closing my door when I saw or heard someone, I’m not sure what registered first. Him saying something or something in my peripheral vision. I rolled my window down. He stood there with his reddish brown hair and beard, neither looking cared for. He had on a jacket and a couple of layers under that. He was not a happy looking fella. My immediate reaction was sorrow for him, and sympathy. I don’t always have that reaction when I’m approached and asked for money.
He said “I’m wet, I’m cold, I’m homeless and just wanted to know if you had any change.” I told him that was all I had. Which was true. I seldom have cash with me. I had to dig in the console to pull out what I had. It wasn’t much at all. I told him I appreciated his honesty. He glanced at the sky and shrugged and said it was just a “crappy cold day”. I agreed with him. When I had dug out the change I could find and put it in his hand he turned quickly and left.
My mom was getting in the other side of the car and my husband was still in another store. I was driving mom to grab a very quick bite, for one of those unexplainable guilty pleasure desires. Taco Bell.
I was backing out and driving across the large expanse from one shopping area to another. Suddenly it occurred to me I could have asked the man to come to Taco Bell and I would buy him lunch. I looked behind me but he was gone. When I got to the parking lot for Taco Bell I looked back to see if I could see him. I couldn’t. It made me feel bad that I didn’t think quick enough to do something just a little bit kinder.
It also made me remember a sloppy wet day for me is not the same for all. A day seemingly made to slow down, visit, take time to relax even, not make big plans. Just hang out with my mom and my husband. Get a few things done and eat home made pineapple cake courtesy of my mom. It was a day to not worry and not feel like I had to work my way through it.
For others, and for whatever reason, it’s a crappy cold day.