Desparate Times, Extraordinary Effort
--by compassion777, posted Dec 5, 2017
She had an air of desperation around her and after observing her I noticed that she would fish out something from the ground every once in a while.
Curious, I decided to turn around and follow her because we were walking in opposite directions. Perhaps she sensed me following her because she immediately sped up and as a result, I decided to slow down and enter a nearby store.
I decided she probably needed help even though she wasn't asking in particular. So I bought her some food from the store and put some cash in the grocery bag. Then I ran after her hoping she was not too far ahead.
Fortunately, I caught up with her because she paused every now and then to pick things up in the streets. After getting past her, I waited and reached out with the grocery bag. saying "Here's some food," I thought she would decline because maybe I just misunderstood what she was doing but she took the food and said, "Thank you for the food."
I then asked her the curious question. "What were you trying to pick up in the streets?" to which she answered, "I'm looking for food." I then asked "where's your family?"
She stammered before finally saying that they were working. But in my mind, I thought maybe the work is not very stable for her to be needing to do this. From there we parted ways and I thought of that person - she could have been my mother and I wish her well. My eyes were teary because for now that's all I could do and I wish I could do much much more.