I went there to buy a few things and I saw this black man with tears streaming down his face… just wandering around. He was close to my age. Me being me, I approached him while everyone else avoided the guy. I asked him what was wrong and he told me that his wife and his little girl and he had been foreclosed and thrown out of their house, and he didn’t know what to do. I took him aside and we talked for about 10 minutes and it turns out that his name is Bob and he served in Vietnam, as I did. The company he worked for was downsized and he lost his job. Through his tears he asked me if I had $5 to spare. He was so nice and polite. I sat him down and we talked about his options. Then I reached into my wallet and gave him the $100 bill that I had gotten for Christmas from my Mom. That $100 was like a Million$$ to him!! I’ll probably never see him again but that’s OK. I had to help him off his knees. I told him NO beer, NO whiskey, NO cigarettes!! Buy staples for your family!! I followed him and he did buy rice, milk, potatoes, bread, etc. Anyhow, it really got to me and I was glad I was able to help. He kept saying, "Are You Sure? Are You Sure???" Yes! I was sure!! I knew what I had to do. We hugged and he walked away with a big smile on his face! What a GREAT 4th of July!! Ya know? We can’t really depend on our government to "bail" people out. They will bail out companies, banks and the auto industry but when it comes down to the man on the street, the backbone of this Country, they could care less! So the next time you see a homeless guy or woman holding a little cardboard sign, please think twice before you drive by. There, by the grace of God, go all of us!
No photos or crap tonight. Only a song to get you thinking. Rascal Flatts!