Friday, June 16, 2006

I just arrived...

there was this guy standing on the corner holding a cardboard sign as i was waiting at the lights coming out of the save-on parking lot at sumas way tonight. he was standing next to the turning lane and i was going straight so i all i read on his sign was "i just arrived". it had a bunch of writing on it. what was so curious was that he was wearing a nice jacket, steel toed boots and had some tools with him. the car in the turning lane turned and i was staring at this guy and he looks at me and gives this sad little smile then looks away. i happened to have two bucks sitting in my cup holder (which never happens) and i was so intrigued by this guy and what his story was that i rolled down my window and gave him the money. he ran across the turning lane, said thanks and then i had to go because my light had been green for a few seconds already. but as i drove away i couldn't get this out of my head -- what did the rest of his sign say?

so i get home and tim gets home and i tell him this story. he's shaking his head at me but i'm like, "let's go back there and read the sign!" he's totally opposed to this and then says, "well, i do need a few things at save-on." so we drive back. well by this time he was gone. no where to be seen.

1 comment:

joy said...

huh....that's really interesting....something similar happened to us, except we were at a drive-through ATM. He said he and his wife and baby daughter just moved to the city cause he got a job, but it hadn't started yet, and he stopped us and said "I can't believe I'm doing this, but do you have any money that you could spare?" and then gave us the story and said that he didn't have enough money for groceries for his family. We were flat broke at the time, but had just got twenty dollars out at the machine. So we looked at each other and then gave him the twenty. He thanked us profusely and then started walking away. We had to drive back around to go through the drive through machine again, cause we needed to buy something, when we turned the corner, he was no where to be found.....