San Mateo County, CA. A man slowly pushing an elderly woman in a wheel chair stops to console a woman who is living in her car and is standing outside stretching her legs, while munching on a sandwich from the nearby SVdP Homeless Help Center. The conversation revolves around who needs the most help! The man and the elderly women also have Homeless Help Center bag lunches. There are a lot of “God Bless you!” and “Right on!” exchanges as they catch up on local news having obviously not seen each other for several months. All are bundled up against the cold. There is no rain today, but it is cold.
Moving out of the area appears to be the woman in the car’s short range plan. She is hoping to drive up near Yosemite tomorrow to look for shelter, but she is not sure that the car will make it – the tires are worn and the power steering is gone. She has brace supports on both her wrists. The couple share their concern about her travel plan. They indicate they don’t have space where they “live” to help her out locally. Their attentiveness to each other’s plight and total presence to each other is amazing…amazingly graced! They are not aware of anything or anyone else as they exchange phone contact information.
They don’t see me sitting a little ways off eves-dropping and observing. Looking at them with the eyes of a child, I’m in awe of their kindness to one another. While all are without resources, they care. They care deeply and the exchange ends with a promise that when she gets to her destination she will call them to let them know she has arrived safely – albeit to an unknown destination, with an unknown housing resolution. As they hug and part, “You stay warm” are the last words I hear. I know that those words carried over to me, for my heart has been warmed today because of them!