Gen­er­ous ges­ture

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

THE roads were slip­pery and cars bumper to bumper. Head­ing south on Sher­brook Street and wait­ing for a light change to cross Broad­way, a home­less per­son crossed in front of three lanes of ve­hi­cles.

He was wear­ing a pair of house slip­pers, his coat was open and his hands were bare. Watch­ing, stunned at his slow progress, my anger at the slow drive evap­o­rated.

A car on Broad­way west of the in­ter­sec­tion, it’s pas­sen­ger door open, waited for the home­less man. A woman reached out over a me­tre-high snow bank with what I as­sumed were her hus­band’s win­ter boots and handed them to the slip­per­footed man.

The lights changed, and we all crept through the in­ter­sec­tion, heads turned right.

What a gen­er­ous ges­ture and why didn’t I run out with my gloves?

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