What Would You Do?
On my way home from work I stopped at the market. When I left I noticed a
woman with LARGE sign and SMALL child, it read something like: LOST MY JOB, MY HOME.. the rest was a blur.. need food, money? Honestly.. at that point i was lost in my own ignorance of not seeing these things in the suburbs, in my little world. I mouthed “I’m sorry” Sure, like that’s gonna help her! I knew I had no cash (world of debit cards) then thought oh wait.. I just left the grocery store.. nope.. 12bags of sale/gas reward doggie treats won’t work, could have shared my overly priced freshly brewed iced coffee.. hmmm… selfish, greedy me share my coffee.. HELL NO! Yup, yesiree, i just drove on by.. drove by my gas guzzling SUV, that’s me.. the selfish lady/scratch that.. the BITCH driving by you and your kid. Did i feel bad for you? Sure,for a moment, did i help you? Nope, it wasn’t convenient, i had to get back to my home.. oh that’s right.. you lost your home.. Oh yes, that’s me.. the selfish, greedy bitch in the gas guzzling SUV driving by with her seat full of doggie treats (while you can’t afford food for your child) and let’s not forget the always present overpriced freshly brewed iced coffee.. yes, that was me driving by you tonight.
In my mind, I drove by you 20 times, even though it was only once. I drove by you like a bad dream, a wrong turn, no auto-correct on my wrong doing. I am owning this, I am the person who drove by you, you and your small child tonight. Don’t for one minute think I did not care, YOU young lady with your small child and large sign have sparked some changes in my life. So, people reading this … What Would You Do ? or rather what will i do if, and there will be .. next time?
Did I do ‘nothing’?? No, I have “some” heart. I called the local police station, asked them to please look for her, see what she needed, maybe she was scamming they suggested. They did send someone right away and assured me they would get her the right resources if they found her.I agree a scam is a good possibility given the area we live in and no access to public transportation or much affordable housing. It’s a good area to ask ‘clueless’ people like myself to help. BUT..If she took the time and self humiliation then she did need something, someone. The sign read something about needing food, money but regardless of her financial status today she was hurting and desperate enough to bring a small child into this. She needed help, resources, guidance, she needed love and a friend. Maybe she is a scam or maybe her life is at risk for abuse if she doesn’t bring home the money ?? maybe she has a drug addiction and needs intervention ?? maybe she suffers from depression and needs medical help ?? I KNOW for certain if she was standing there with a sign she needed something. Yet, I drove away. I did ask the police department to call me if they found her and let me know what she needed, I wanted my help not to go to drugs or enable any abuse, but to get her the right help. But still, I drove away.
What Would, What Will You Do ?