Sometimes when I’m walking down Madison Avenue in Covington, I see him. His clothes are basically rags and he’s standing there with a cardboard sign that says he’s homeless. At his feet is a paper cup for people to put money in. I’ve dropped some change in that cup. He always says “thank you.”
Last week, he wasn’t on the sidewalk but in Walgreens which is also on Madison Avenue. He was at the cash register in line ahead of me. I pretended not to notice him but I did.
He had a couple frozen burritos. I buy them myself sometimes at Walgreens. They only cost fifty nine cents each.
I watched the man count out his change from his paper cup. The cashier was patient as he counts out his nickels, dimes and pennies. He had just enough.
As he left, I put my items on the counter and started to wonder about those burritos. If the man is homeless, how was he going to heat them up? This has stayed on my mind for days now.
It’s hard times for a lot of people these days. Next time I see the man on the sidewalk, I’ll ask him how he prepared those burritos.
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