Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The downside of life, the part that you hope never happens to you, the shivering in the cold and rain part; thats what I have witnessed more much often since I have lived in Castleberry Hill. Partly because I used to live next to a homeless shelter and partly because where I live now the homeless people like to hang out. One of these people is usually very friendly and will frequently say hi to Lola as I walk her. He'll ask for a "dime". I'll throw a couple quarters. His smile is electric and he literally hangs out just outside my gate walking up and down Peters St. He tells me he will not go to the shelter. He seemed to be OK with that decision. However, the other day was completely miserable. 40 degrees, raining, windy. Not pleasant. Luckily, I bought this great wool coat at Rag-a-rama back in September for something like $12. Lola had chewed off one of the toggles. I wasn't going to use it and I knew just the person that needed it. All I can is that there are a lot of people out there that need this kind of help. A lot of churches in the midtown and downtown area will distribute coats to the homeless. You can always bring them to the Baptist Rescue Mission on Peters St. in Castleberry Hill. Hey, if you see somebody that looks cold and not too terribly unfriendly help them out with some warmth. It's cold out there this time of year and I'm sure they will appreciate it.