the book store lady


the cubs and i went to cash and carry to get stuff for my 12 step group.

on the way home, we found this cute little bookstore.

anyway so i am checking out the place.

the girl cub running around…one man cub looking at book the other..not so much

and the book store lady says “your son went out side” i replied that’s OK he is 11.its ya know…COOL

then she says to me..(insert voice of my momster-in-law)”well there are a lot of homeless people in this area”

huh

“we are not scared of homeless people” i told her.

she was silent

then she tells me “oh nether am i..ya know…some of the homeless people are very nice”

one could insert “people of color; the gays; non Christan’s” whatever

i was pissed. but did i say anything?

no

i was a cowered

i should have said something…

something….

i hope that my tone when i said “we are not scared of homeless people” was

strong

and

maybe even made her think about the fact that

homeless people are ya know

PEOPLE

HUMANS

with feelings
and thoughts

and are worth

our time

and

money

and

compassion

and

support

and even

eye contact

bet she does not look them in the eye.

but maybe

maybe today?

she will,

i doubt it.

sad.

a prayer:

dear holy one
spirit of life and love and
all things good

touch that book store lady…
remind her of the teaching of

Jesus

and

Gandhi

and

MLK

that every one is worthy of
and
deserving of
respect
support
food
and
a
safe place to lay their heads at night
no
matter
what they have done
or not
done.

no matter ‘

if they are “sick in the head”

or even

if they

“choose”

to be that way…

show her, remind her

that Jesus was homeless
unemployed

some would say

“NUTS”

i have no more

i am to sleepy to go on
night

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