IT WAS a Tuesday afternoon. I was rushing back to the office after a meeting. The usually sunny Durban weather had been replaced by a downpour. Caught in the rain with no umbrella, I sought refuge in a little café not too far from the office.
I decided to buy lunch to enjoy while I waited for the showers to pass. While waiting for my order I noticed a homeless man standing at the door, presumably seeking refuge from the rain too. As people left the shop, he’d politely ask them if they had any change to spare. People walked past him as if he weren’t there.
I approached him and asked if he was hungry, to which he replied, “Very. I haven’t eaten in days.” I offered to buy him lunch and he requested the cheapest meal. I bought him a sandwich and something to drink. We waited for our meals together. He was thankful for the meal and dug in.
Imagine if we all could spread a little cheer in our own circle of influence. Imagine the difference we’d make. To him I’m sure the R50 I spent on his lunch was priceless. Not only because it was a meal to fill his tummy, but because someone took the time to see him as a person. CHARMEL, EMAIL