Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I had a bad day...

I had a bad day today. In fact, I've had several bad days in a row, where I've been somewhat paralyzed in being productive, I've not wanted to get out of bed, I've been reading homework and not comprehending it. I've been crying at the drop of a hat, eating horribly and missed a training run.

But, I had a thought tonight on my way home from class. It's something I've gone back to a couple times today.

I observed something interesting today while waiting for my friend Dave and his daughter for lunch (pie) at Grand Traverse Pie Company downtown.

I watched a gentleman bundled up in coat and a hat with a tassel on it. He had been sitting a couple of tables away from the one that I chose. He eventually got up, and walked out the door. About 5-10 minutes later, he returned back inside the restaurant.

He was there for a short time, and ventured out into the cold again. He returned once again and was still there when I left. I can only guess, but I would say that he didn't have any other place to go. The highest temperature I saw today on the Comerica Bank building was 7 degrees.

I'm home tonight, in my apartment with the heat on, eating my dinner. I keep thinking about where this gentleman might be right now, and I can only hope he's at one of the local shelters and able to be warm. It pains me to think that he (and others like him) may be out tonight in these low temperatures. I don't know his story and there are any number of reasons for his situation.

I had a bad day today. It's been a struggle the last few days. But it's nothing in comparison to the struggle this man and others like him are going through.


Jennifer Dukarski said...

Thank you for sharing.. I definately feel for this man, but I know that there are places that he could stay - and hopfully he did. I think sometimes though we have to witness this, to realize that no matter how bad we think we have it - someone else has it worst - so hang in there - your sunshine is coming - and sometimes it's time for us to just be.. keep up the writing, putting our words down does help. Take Care.

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