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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sis, can you spare some change?

Before arriving at work, I had to swing by the downtown post office to get some stamps and deposit a few bills to go out first thing tomorrow morning. As I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a scraggly looking guy hanging out not far from the main entrance. I purposely parked away from him and headed for the other side of the entrance. Undaunted by my attempts to avoid him, the guy called out to me: Sis, can you spare some change? Without letting him tell me what he needed the change for, I hastily answered: Sorry, not today.

I bought my stamps, slid my bills down the big drawer marked "stamped mail", and left the post office. The truth is, I have lots of loose change in my purse with which I wouldn't have minded parting. The problem is, I get a little scared in these and similar situations, especially when there isn't anyone else around.

I'm not a wimp and I have regularly and without qualm visited some neighborhoods that I'll bet some of my female friends would refuse to venture into without an escort. (Long ago, both because my ex lived in one such neighborhood and because it was part of my job as a home health aid. More recently, to interview folks as part of my guardian ad litem duties).

But when I'm approached by someone who appears to be, for lack of a better word, a vagrant, I get a little skittish. If I were a big burly guy, I think I would most often hand over whatever change I had to spare and be one my way. Alas, I'm not, so I'm left nervously looking over my shoulder and trying to put distance between myself and the other person.

It's not ideal, but it's what I do. I try in my everyday life to operate by the golden rule, to treat others the way I would like them to treat me. I'm not always successful, but it's a goal I continue to try to achieve. These encounters with others less fortunate with me always leave me feeling like I've miserably failed a test, a test for which there will be no extra credit opportunities.


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