The closest I’ve ever come to poverty was when I first moved to Colorado. I left New York with very little and arrived in a new city without a job, without a place to live, and without a friend in site.
It didn’t take too long to find all three, but still I went without more than with for close to a year. I lost more than 30 pounds during the winter because I couldn’t afford to eat as often as I should have. I picked up change off the ground one month in order to feed myself for the weekend. Some days the only reason I was able to eat at all was thanks to the charity of others.
Often I woke up not knowing where my next meal would come from and yet I have never known poverty.
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Photo by Orange Beard
You know those weeks where it seems like everything goes wrong. No matter what you do life throws a few more curveballs at you than usual and the outcome of everything seems to be the one you didn’t want. I know you’ve had those weeks. We all have them. I’m having one this week. What do you do when you have one of those weeks?
What would you do if while hiking you discovered a lost cat clearly in need of help? Would you coax it off the road and out of harms way? What would you then do as it followed you home? Would you take it in? Would you bring it to a veterinarian for medical attention? What if the cat’s medical expenses were more than you thought they would be? Would you pay the bills without thinking twice? Forrest did all of that and a little more and now he can use a little of your help
Every year on the day before Thanksgiving my mom, my brother, and myself trek into Manhattan for the day. We take in some exhibits at the museums, walk through the city, eat at out favorite pizza place, and catch the floats for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade being inflated. You’ve likely seen the parade and the floats at one time or another, but I thought you’d like to see the view behind the scenes before everyone is ready for the march down Central Park West.