Monday, March 1, 2010

Thought of the Moment: When Giving Counts

While I was heading to school, there was this lady who hopped in the train. She was a beggar--not much as a surprise for anyone taking mass transportation. But she was different.

She started her whole spiel with the usual: I need help, I don't have this or that, and so on. Yet, she included something so emotionally potent that I was compelled to do something.

You see, she was raped, pregnant, and beaten up; she is in serious need, but she didn't stay helpless. She resolutely plans to go to a safe place (some place that provides homes to pregnant and homeless teens).

What astounded me from her is that she specifically wanted people to give her food, bus tokens and prayers. Many beggars or "beggars" directly ask for money, and they tend to shy away from receiving food or other non monetary contributions. But this woman gladly accepted my cookies (my snack!) because knowing that she can nourish herself--and her child--is far more important than anything.

I do wish her all the best.

Anyway, before I leave you guys teary eyed, here's a very sexy (not raunchy) music video from the talented-and-good-looking duo Chromeo. Enjoy!


Trish said...

such a poor lady =( i remember coming out of denny's at night & there was this beggar, he gladly accepted the food we gave him which was our left overs, of course it was untouched left overs, it was like a new meal of its own! so glad to help people like them who are in need & not just asking for money to buy drugs or alcohol!

Jessica said...

Wow, this is a touching story. It's good to know that she's not all about money. You're right, she's definitely not your typical beggar. I wish her luck too. I hope she finds happiness despite everything she had and will go through.

ChinkyGirLMeL said... sad. I'm wishing her well. It's sad to hear situations like these. I hope she gets the help she needs.

nicola ticola ponders said...

Ah look at you giving away your cookies! She would have had to pry them from my cold dead fingers before I'd give up my snackage. Just kidding. Of course.

And wow, that's pretty vicious advice about pulling girls' earrings out haha! AND, it did hurt like hell and still makes my poor little lobes cringe everything they think of it *cringes and shivers*

nicola xx