That’s what we call them. They are people who are overlooked and forgotten.
They are some awesome people we’ve met – and they are homeless.
Jeans, shoes, socks, hats, shampoo, soap, backpacks, and pre-packaged foods are some of the things collected and given. (Yes, pre-packaged foods because the rule enforcers and the law stops “the love” when we bring healthy, fresh foods.)
Conversation is AS welcomed as the other stuff (including the ice-cold popsicles) on hot, Texas afternoons.
My kids were 9 and 13 and excited to give out hundreds of cold water bottles.
We saw a sweet woman who looked like she may be about 82. She looked kind and had a sweet face. The years had worn on her and her hair could use shampoo and a brush.
She was at the edge of a large crowd and she hadn’t collected anything yet.
She looked straight at my 13 year old.
In a loud voice she demanded to know, “DO YOU HAVE ANY SEX?”
In the big crowd of people only a couple others heard what she’d said to my child but THAT caught this momma’s attention!
The woman was still intently looking at my daughter and expecting an answer.
My 13 year old daughter smiled nervously and with wide-eyes she calmly and firmly replied, “NO.”
But the woman was persistent. She said, even louder this time, “DID YOU HAVE ANY SEX EARLIER?!”
Again my daughter, trying to be polite, looks down at the water bottles in her hands and at the people around her and shouts a little louder, “NO!”
Now, people know that sex is fun and homeless people like sex as much as anyone paying a mortgage does. But come on! THIS is my 13 year old CHILD she was talking to!
THIS time when she spoke I was watching closer and prepared to say something to her.
ARE YOU GONNA HAVE ANY SEX LATER?!” As she said this she put her hands together as if holding a bag and then pulled them apart a few inches as if OPENING A BAG.
Praise God she was asking for SACKS!
Relieved that she wasn’t looking for “sex” but only “sacks,” we were a little sad to have to tell her we’d run out of the bags earlier. We love hangin’ out with our Dallas Homies!