DANIEL FROM EVERYWHERE AND LIVES NOWHERE

Sign of the Times-1110320 Image by Christine Renney 2015

When I spoke with Daniel he told me that he had been homeless for some six weeks – I didn’t say anything but I have noticed that this the time period so many homeless people give. I think it is because they do not want me to feel that they are no-hopers, that they haven’t tried hard enough, that if they tell me they have been on the streets for months I will believe them to be useless. And of course, to tell me would be to tell themselves, over and over again.

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9 thoughts on “DANIEL FROM EVERYWHERE AND LIVES NOWHERE

  1. It breaks my heart. No wonder they say something like that. They’ve gotta do something so their hearts aren’t broken either. I can’t even imagine how tough and dehumanising this must be.

    1. There is little I can do except spend a little time acknowledging the person, talking to them if they wish to converse and to help with some money for whatever gets them through the night. Many people say that I should buy food etc but how can I dictate to them. Their choices are so limited anyway.

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