In my city (Paris, France) there is a homeless man…
Every day he is begging, always at the same place. Despite ‘his situation,’ he is always smiling and says “hello” or “have a good day” even to people who don’t donate to him.
This man has a dog who is as gentle as he is. It never barks or shows its teeth. Many people say this man is dumb, having a dog when he can barely feed himself. Despite being summer in France, mornings are often cold.
One morning, I was walking and I saw him with his dog. He was hugging him tightly. They were very cold.
It was so cold, seeing those two felt like a knife to the heart. I thought about them all day, even though I don’t have a lot of money, I decided to do something.
The next morning I told my boss I was taking the morning off. I took one of my blankets, bought a whole box of food for the dog, and as much food for the man as I could carry.
I bought two coffees and asked if I could sit and talk with him for a few minutes. He agreed.
I asked him why he was there and he asked me why I was speaking to him.
So I told him “Every day I walk to work. And every day everyone around me seems so sad except for you. You are always smiling. You always seem so happy despite your living conditions and every day you warm my heart. Every day I tell myself that even if it’s a bad day and I am not as happy as I want to be, here’s this man living on the street who seems happier than I am despite that he has nothing.”
He stopped me and said “I have something, something that you can’t value. It’s this little boy in my arms (the dog).”
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