I met John at the homeless feed. He was a regular volunteer at the weekly street buffet. Newly settled in social housing, John cooks delicious desserts for his street friends. A warm and witty man, John was a lawyer at a major bank before he became a rough sleeper.
‘I was a lawyer at a major bank before I became homeless,’ John pointed to a corner next to a shop front, ‘that was my sleeping spot“.
‘My first night on the street,’ he smiled, ‘Hunter gave me her bedding. She slept on the concrete floor that night.‘
‘The guys here accepted me unconditionally.’ He said, ‘Guys here, so many of them are willing to pull their shirts off their backs and offer it to you.’
‘Many think homeless people are drug addicts, alcoholics or have mental illnesses. I don’t smoke or drink. A car accident and circumstances put me on the streets among these guys.’ J said humbly. “I was a corporate lawyer before that’
‘And I love your ice tea’, he said.
Ah, I made delicious ice tea to bring smiles and cheerfulness. Perfect for the hot summer days – chilled English Breakfast tea, with lychee, pineapple, sliced oranges, lime, honey and mint.
I wish for a simple world of kindness and acceptance for all souls.