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Looking For Empathy

I was wandering around Harvard Square this morning, taking pictures of this and that when I came across this lady beggar sitting with all her worldly possessions almost in the middle of the sidewalk. Not only was she homeless but she clearly had mental problems as well. From this quick photo I took you can’t see what she’s doing, so I’ll tell you.

She’s putting a wrapped sandwich, a kind passerby just gave her, inside a big black plastic bag, one of many next to her on the sidewalk.

For a brief fleeting moment she found the empathy she was seeking and I stopped taking “this and that” photographs.

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Joy



This lovely lady is currently 14 years sober. She is the executive director of a shelter for the homeless and another one for battered women. She used to sell all kind of drugs on the street to support her habit. She’s been there, seen it all and stepped back from the brink just in time to turn her life around.

The wonderful infectious joy she had is hard to explain but, in her presence one could definitely feel it.

Chance encounters like this one this morning are an absolute gift!

PS I also should give CVS credit for letting her raise money for her charities in front of their Petaluma store.