Beggars can’t be choosers
The other day whilst leaving my house to buy bread and juice from the corner store, I walked past this beggar boy who always stands near the house, yet unlike most of the boys who run up to someone like they are a celebrity demanding that you “do not break their heart”, this boy never out stretches his hand, never harasses, never pushes, he just wanders on the outskirts of groups with his bobbles, (which appear to be earrings or danglers of sorts). So this time I decided to pick up a sandwhich on my way back home, when I saw him playing byhimself with stones and bottles, I approached him and showed him the sandwhich, then I motioned for him to sit with me to eat. I was quite shocked at his response as he politely thanked me for my offer, said he is only looking for some money. He then shook my hand, touched his chest and walked off.
I was rather stunned at what just transpired. The only thing I can think of was that he fears someone is watching him taking food and not money, or else perhaps he wasn’t malnourished at all. Either way, we know money will keep them on the streets, likely organized peddler’s rings as I’ve heard exist.
The streets are no place for them, the august floods claimed over 17 childrens lives. Where can these children go for an education and a chance?