Sunday, September 14, 2008
Tru and Daniel
When the blessing was over, the bishop said he felt like a man in the land of giants. He was a tall guy at about 6'2", but Rinar is 6'4", Lyf is 6'2", Nordel is 6'7" and Jason is 6'10". He really was the short guy in the circle. I was in the hall for the entire meeting with my little devil Eli. He was so fussy. He ended up falling asleep on my chest. And of course you know I have to stick a picture of him into this collage.
After church, we had lunch at a park next to their house. There was a guy there listening to his church on a radio. You could hear a lot of fervent AMENS!!! and HALLELUJIAHS!! I was the first adult from our group at the park and I was a little annoyed because I didn't want to be subjected to it and the guy was sitting at the only tables in the little park. The rest of the group came about 20 minutes later and I went back over there with them, and the radio was still blaring. My cynical side thought he was blasting the radio so that he could try to save us, but then I started to think about it. He looked homeless and definitely down on his luck. It was his church time and the plug for the radio was the only one he probably had access to in the area. So I took another tactic to get that darn radio turned off...I offered him something to drink. He declined, so I went to the cooler and got a bottled water and just gave it to him anyways.
When the food finally arrived, I made a plate for him and gave it to him before he could object. He was sitting on the ground at the time, but had the courage to take a seat at a table. Once everyone else was situated, I took my plate and sat with him and talked to him for a while. He was a nice man named Daniel. Eli kept grabbing my plate and Rinar was busy eating his own food, so Daniel offered to hold him so that I could eat. Yes, he was a little dirty and a little toothless, but I absolutely let him hold Eli. Eli didn't mind and he really liked Daniel's beard. Rinar made sure Daniel knew he could have seconds and so the next plate of food was significantly larger than the first one I had made for him.
It ended up being a very nice (and quiet) lunch and I made a knew friend. Daniel said he was a painter/drywaller and when we went back to Rinar's parents house we were telling Lynn about him. And what do you know...Lynn knows him. He works for his friend that owns a painting business and Lynn sees him a lot at the library where he works.
And he is homeless. He lives out of his car.