“What’s your favorite part about carrying the mail?”
“When it’s over.”
lol. word to big bird. Postman appreciation day! lets have it..
How A Middle-School Principal Persuaded Students To Come To School
not going to see this man in no news nowhere
Right and that’s sad. But he’s doing amazing work. These are the kinds of people we need in our schools and they sadly get no recognition.the school i work at follows a similiar style, giving out scholar dollars for good behavior, grades etc.
whatever we gotta do to keep these kids in school
“The city is hard.”
“Why is that?”
“It’s survival. The city is survival.”
“Are you homeless?”
“How long have you been homeless?”
“About three years.”
“How do you stay positive?”
“Life is like that. There’s rain.”
One of the many perks of working on this blog is knowing that eventually every “most” or “best” chance encounter is destined to be surpassed, its reign doomed by the inevitable occurrence of something better or odder, but not knowing when it will happen.
Until last night, my most unusual photo shoot had taken place back in April when a woman in Roxbury danced and sang and crawled for the camera for half an hour before running her hands over my body right on the street.
This man’s theatrics went a step further. He didn’t find my body enticing but was quite generous showcasing his. I’m posting a few of the less indecent photos, but some I will have to keep to myself, locked in a treasured vault, only to be opened in times of greatest need for being cheered up. Last night, every time I looked at some of his pictures I fell into a laughing frenzy, tears streaming down my face. I know one day I will meet a character greater than him, but right now it’s hard to imagine.
After witnessing his twerking and breakdancing skills, stamina, inventiveness, enthusiasm and apparently endless arsenal of moves, I had no choice but to exclaim:
“Man, you’ve got talent! You should be an entertainer!”
“What do you mean,” he yelled back, “I already am!”
“I’m studying international relations with a concentration in environmental economics. I hope for a more sustainable future.”
“What’s the biggest obstacle to that?”
“Overconsumption. You know that Reduce, Reuse, Recycle logo? The emphasis should be on the first part: reduce. Then the other two would be more effective. We spend too much time buying and using things, and too little time with people.”
“I just love people. I love everyone. After Katrina, I have even more passion and compassion for people. I don’t like you because I don’t know you. But I love you. Liking is conditional; love is unconditional. There are many things I don’t like about myself. At one time, they were fifteen to twenty. Now they are down to three.”
“What are they?”
“I can only tell you about one. Sometimes I drink obsessively, especially when I embrace too much. It started when I lost my husband. I used to ask God to take me before he takes my husband, but it didn’t happen.
I was also homeless for about six months. Even my friends didn’t know I was homeless. I would sleep in my vehicle, get up the next morning, go into a fast-food place, do what I need to do, and go on with my day-to-day activities. I never shared that with anyone because I know what it is like to be homeless. I know what it is like for people to look at you or look down on you. There are a lot of things that lead to that situation. Finances have a lot to do with it. It’s true that there are people who want to be homeless. But there are also a lot of people who don’t want to be homeless. They have no choice because the system is the way it is.
I could’ve become homeless again a few months ago. I went to my landlord and told him that I just couldn’t pay the rent. He allowed me stay for free.
I also fought for this issue. I went to DC and I wanted the government to change the definition of homelessness. A person is not just homeless when he lives under a bridge or in a cardboard box on the street. They say that if you have an address, you’re not homeless. That’s a joke. If I have to come to live with you and it’s not my domicile, then I’m homeless. It’s actually worse than being out on the street because it’s more humiliating. That’s why you have a lot of people living on the street. They would rather do that than go live with brother Jones, sister Mary, a friend or someone else and feel humiliated. I’d rather be a proud person out here. And if you have some income coming in, you might as well take the struggle yourself. Because wherever you are, they are going to try to get everything from you.
Sometimes I get depressed when I look around. There are so many people who pass by and don’t say ‘good morning.’ Sometimes that might be all you need—somebody to show you that you exist, that you matter. I often run into homeless people and they say, ‘You’re different.’ And I say, ‘How am I different?’ ‘Well, people like you don’t talk to us.’
It’s sad that some people would rather talk to a horse before they talk to a homeless person. People need love. Love will take you a long, long way. What does it cost? What does it cost me to be nice to somebody?”
*In New Orleans
“I’ll tell you what I noticed today. I was late for my Tai Chi class, so I just walked through the Public Garden, and I took my time. It was so beautiful that it was almost like meditating. I actually stopped to talk to someone, and I said, ‘Isn’t this absolutely fantastic?’ The snow, the sun, the quiet—it was quite spiritual. And as we were talking about how beautiful it was, we both looked around and said, ‘All these young people need to stop, take off their headphones, get off their phones, savor the beauty around them and be in the moment.’ Or maybe they are so much better at multitasking because they are younger. I’m not sure. But they must be missing something. I think they are so obsessed with their devices that they just can’t stop.”
“I’ve had cerebral palsy my whole life. I’ve been through a lot, but I keep it moving. I try to teach the next person and the next little kid the lessons that I’ve learned. Kids can be rude. They ask you ‘Hey, why do you walk like that? Why do you move like that?’ Most people with disabilities get mad and start yelling at the child. You don’t yell at the child. Why? Because it’s not the children’s fault. Their parents didn’t teach them or they taught them wrong. So, if a child asks me, I sit them down and I let them know: ‘This is why I walk like this. And it’s not good to tease someone who walks like this. It’s not good to tease anyone.’”
“I’m taking care of two young men. I try to give them food, advice, encouragement. When I met them, they had just gotten out of jail and they were waiting at the bus station. One was 18 and the other one was 21, and they were crying.”
“Why did you feel compelled to help them?”
“Because people don’t understand that when someone gets out of jail, they are broke and scared. They have no friends and they feel alone in the world. They need some understanding and compassion. No person is bad. No one is bad. Only the devil.
There’s a story of a man who went to rob a house and he hid under the bed. He waited for the owner to come home and fall asleep so he could kill her. Or maybe he wanted to make her tell him where she kept her money. Anyway, when she came home, she started praying for bad people. She said: ‘God, please, don’t let people do bad things. They only try to steal because they are broke. Help them stay out of trouble.’ The robber was so moved that when she finished praying, he came out from under the bed and started crying and apologizing to her.”
"I just try to live and let live."
“Do you ever find it hard?”
“It’s not hard. It’s about tolerance. We shouldn’t judge other people. If we look carefully at ourselves, we will find a lot of flaws and deficiencies. It’s called moral inventory.”
“I’m waiting for the train.”
“Are you getting on the train or under it?”
“I haven’t decided yet.”
“Know thyself.” and “Do you.” My high school English teacher had the first piece of advice—an Ancient Greek aphorism—posted over our classroom’s door. My aunt gave me the second back in college. In 2013, I acted on it. I started small—I wore bright pink lipstick instead of Chapstick. I danced more. I was able to connect with new people and deepen old friendships. I chose a career path that better reflects my interests. I’m now much happier.”
“When is it most difficult to be yourself and do what you want?”
“When you’re worrying about finances. I’m also working on not worrying about how other perceive me.”