--by cabbage, posted Dec 2, 2013
On our way back on that street after doing our errand we saw the same man and asked him if he would like us to get him some lunch. His face brightened up and when I asked what he would like, he just said "anything is fine". So then my son pointed to a rather fancy looking "parisian cafe" type of place across the street and we decided to go in there. Well, of course it was lunchtime and the place was packed! We stood in line for a while, looking at pastries that I knew we were not going to buy....and then we decided upon a hot sandwich for the homeless man.
After ordering and paying by credit card, we sat and waited...and waited....and not a peep out of my son about why it was taking so long (of course, they were busy!)...after some mishaps with the order and the packing of a "to-go" box, we finally got out of there. My son said "I hope the man is still there!" And he was. And he was so happy (it took us so long, I'm sure he must have thought we weren't coming back)....it made our day. We came home, made ourselves some lunch, and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon.
I'm glad the man was still there, and it was very thoughtful of you to not only buy him lunch, but to wait for it patiently.
You've set a terrific example for your son, who sounds like a wonderful young man.