Just experienced something that shook me to the core, and I can’t explain why but it did, as I’m known to the people that know me for being a semi life-hardened kind of guy. I’ve seen homeless people before many times in my life, but never a couple with a child. Most of the time in San Francisco it’s easy to walk by as you can tell they’re drug addicts or just plain scammers with signs at intersections. This time was different. Much different. Life Changing Different.
On my way to the San Bruno Post Office Just outside of San Francisco to mail off some eBay boxes I saw this couple just sitting in the corner of the lot, not begging or panhandling but just looking over their belongings as a 3-4 year old boy came running around the corner right into me falling on the floor.
The mother came over and apologized and I noticed how dirty she was and could tell she had been on the streets for at least a couple of weeks. She looked to be mid twenties. In a typical mother fashion she pulled him along telling him to watch out and be careful.
The whole time I was in line at the Post Office I really wasn’t there mentally as I was trying to find any other logical explanation other than a 4 year old being a homeless kid. I just couldn’t comprehend it.