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Something easy.

by Christa on January 29, 2013

in Daily Digest,Just Nothing

I’m going to write a race recap for Galveston Marathon, but I’m busy recuperating. Will do when the cankles go away.

Tonight I needed to make an enchilada casserole for my good friend Ally, who has a new baby girl.  I’m taking it over for dinner tomorrow so I figured I’d make 2, one for dinner tonight as well.  I got home with all the groceries and realized I had forgotten the shredded cheese.  UGH.  Kroger is only about a half mile away but yknow when you just want to be HOME and not go out anymore?  Well, whatever.  Cheese is sort of a necessity for enchiladas.  Back in the car.

Purchased the cheese (and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, but who cares?) and was on the way to my car when an older homeless man stopped me in the parking lot.  ”Can you spare anything so I can get something to eat?”

My response was a reflex.  ”Sorry, I don’t have any cash on me.”  He just nodded.  Now usually this is true, I don’t carry cash.  Tonight it was a lie, I did have some.  Again, reflex.  I started to feel icky as I continued to my car.  Tonight alone I had spent $50 + on groceries, and I couldn’t give this man some cash?  For a meal?  I put my groceries in my car and went to find him.  He was sitting on the curb and I told him if he would tell me what he wanted for dinner I’d get it for him.  He asked for chicken and a coke.  All they had was an 8-piece chicken dinner for 5.99.  I threw in some rolls, a coke, and a candy bar.  It cost me all of $12.00.

I’m not patting myself on the back or being self-congratulatory for a “good deed.”  It is pretty embarrassing how close I came to doing absolutely nothing. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the kind of person I want to be [when I grow up], and the person I want to be would try to help.  I’m not saying I open my wallet for every homeless guy that comes along.  I’d be broke. I work in a bad part of town and keep granola bars in my car so I can give them out instead of money.  I know a lot of people would scoff and say that I’m acting like a true liberal.  But honestly, it is SHAMEFUL for me to be living comfortably and giving it no thought, when others have so little and all they want is a meal.

It was just SO EASY. It took me 5 minutes and cost an amount I wouldn’t even blink at if it were my lunch.

Do I feel good about doing it?  Sure.  But mostly I feel sad.  I wish there were something more I could do.  I consider that a lot, especially with the animal organizations I’m involved with – sometimes it feels like I don’t have much to offer, because I certainly can’t donate time.  But I have to believe the little things add up.

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terra January 30, 2013 at 11:26 am

Love that you did this and I know what you mean about wishing there was more. When Andrew was home we ran up to Walgreens to grab some Cold Eeze to fight of our impending colds and a woman asked us to buy some food and we did – not much – some water, and some chips and some jerky, but she was so, so thankful. I just wish we could have done more, always.

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Brittany Hamilton January 30, 2013 at 3:23 pm

We have all been in this situation before Christa and honestly…you did the right thing. You let your heart open up to him and you helped meet his needs. Thankfully you were smart enough to go get him some food, instead of giving him cash. Alot of homeless people have mental disabilities and the majority of the time, don’t use it on food like they should. And for that…you do deserve to say, “I work hard for my money, so nobody else is going to abuse my money the way I don’t agree.” Well…that’s at least what I say, so when I can…I get them food or give them a bottle of water. This blog was very touching :) You were able to bless 2 different people in 1 night!

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@Mandi411 February 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I hear bells! It must be Christa, getting her angel wings. Seriously, sweetie, your heart is in the right place. And as long as your heart remain open to Him, God will use it to do wonderful things in life. XOXO

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Christa May 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Hi Mandi! First, I must apologize that your comment got stuck in my spam for so long! Ahhh!! Thanks for the kind comment. I have to admit that I am not particularly religious – a mostly non-observant Jew, so I can’t say this was a spiritual experience for me. But I DO believe in helping my fellow man, and it always inspires me when I see others doing the same. Gives me faith in mankind.

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Harriet Lieberman February 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

You are a good soul. You are making a difference in the world on so many levels.

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Dad February 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

So touching and thoughtful. And what your sister did over Christmas along with your help? I have the most awesome daughters in the world!!!

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