It could happen to anyone!

Hello my lovely bloggy friends,

I want to share a few of my thoughts today about homeless people, and paintings. Also I feel a connection with job losses and alcohol abuse. I have quite a few thought looping around in my head. I don’t really know where this is heading I’m just going to babble. I’ll try not to babble too much, I hope, but I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about this.

I was once homeless myself, for a while.

I had support from my lovely Mom to accept the help given to me and I spent 12 months sleeping on the sofas of friends and relatives with my 2 year old *AJ. ย So I never had to sleep rough, but it could have been very different if I hadn’t of had my lovely Mom back then.

My experience

It was actually very good for me and it helped me to appreciate everything I have now.

It also freed me from the materialism I was so caught up in before losing my home and belongings.

As a child I very often would escape into art work,

I had a tapestry in my bedroom that became a wonderful place for me to escape to.

I have this tapestry still in my conservatory, I have a lot of happy memories from it.

But also in my family home, growing up, were a lot of prints done by one of my Moms favourite artists, L.S.Lowry.

Lowry painted life, he painted it real…scenes from industrial England.

My family were all factory workers

These paintings gave me an idea of how people felt. I would visualise walking around with Lowry’s match stalk men and match stalk cats and dogs. It wasn’t as nice as the garden I would escape to in my tapestry,ย  but it was a place in my head that gave me places and people to be with.

Daydream land was so important to me as a child, it was where I made sense of things.

Anyway…I’ve gone off on a tangent as usual, gotta love the Aspie tangents…giggle.

I agree with the Alienhippy, my name is FRANK!

I was in a large pet store the other day

I was getting my monster bag of Rottweiler food for my ROCKY BOY, when a homeless guy walked in.

He was carrying a sports bag and immediately all eyes fell on him.

People started walking away from him, and the shop assistants all started talking to each other in whispers.

He was only a young guy, a young black guy with dreadlocks.

He sat down on the floor and opened his sports bag and got out the most adorable puppy. Then he asked the shop assistant if she would weigh him for him. He then got all the money he had out onto the counter and asked, “What food can I get with this that is the best for my little mate!”

The shop assistant then explain to him about the weight-food ratio and how to best feed his dog while on the move. This guy was one that goes from hostel to hostel, staying as long as he can. Some hostels won’t have him with his dog, I could see that this guy would happily wrap his coat around his dog and go without himself.

I spoke with him for a while,

I am sensible before you say anything, I only do this in public places. I have had some of the most incredible conversations chatting with the homeless, sat on the floor sharing a hot dog. I never give them money, just food a hot drink and a bit of my time.

This young guy had not decided what to call his dog, I had a joke with him and told him that my animals have all told me their names as soon as I’ve seen them.

“I think his name is FRANK!”

He laughed with me and said he’d seriously think about it. You know I think he actually will. ๐Ÿ™‚

As I was driving back from dropping *AJ off at college this morning.

I saw two elderly homeless guys walking toward a local town centre. The one guy had long grey frizzy hair and full beard, they were both carrying carrier bags with their bedding in and were chatting away to each other while looking at the floor.

Why do they look at the floor?

Are they looking for dropped coins or are they avoiding seeing the way some people look at them?

Homelessness can happen to anyone, some of us are fortunate enough to get help to keep on keeping on.

Others not so fortunate and some homeless people have lived that way so long they don’t know how not to be on the streets.

They are still people and they are still loved by God.

I’ll say it again…it could happen to anyone!

I wanted to share this video

It has quite a few of the paintings in it that I knew as a child.


 

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13 thoughts on “It could happen to anyone!

  1. It really could. We were homeless for eight months, despite having money. We had to rely on family to put us up. I will always be grateful.

    You are sensible to talk to them in public places, but bless you for talking to them at all. So many people don’t.

    • Thank you Tilly, you are lovely!
      I’m sorry you had to go through it too, it’s hard and confusing especially when you have kids. My *AJ really missed his Thomas the Tank bedroom, and it was hard for me after being so organised in my own space to adapt to another environment.
      I found myself being out in my car most of the time. I had some wonderful day trip with little *AJ and I kept a camp stove and supply of tinned food in my boot to save on food costs.
      It all seems so long ago now and almost like it was someone elses life.
      Thank you for your comment.
      Love and hugs. xx ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am always bothered that governments can buy bombs and guns…but cannot take care of those who live in their own country homeless…thanks for the post.

  3. Hi Lisa,
    I hope things work out well for โ€œFrankโ€ and his two-legged friend.
    Those are great paintings. They really capture the atmosphere.
    Daydream land was where I went as a child too — still haven’t grown out of it, it’s a very nice place! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Blessings to you,
    Bruce

    • Hello Bruce,
      Daydream land is a wonderful place where we get to be just who we are.
      I think it’s a massive part of who I am and I can see how God has used this to help and inspire me over the years. Daydream land gave me hope when this world was no friend to me. I will always enjoy my time exploring the places inspired within.
      Love, hugs, blessings and peace to you my dear friend.
      Lisa. xx ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. There are a lot of homeless now, in our City alone. It should never happen but seems rife now. It is true it could happen to anyone. None of us know the circumstances that led certain people to become homeless. It is obvious that they are vulnerable adults who need help and support. Love the video Lisa, brought back a lot of fond memories of when we a more industrious country. Love you xxxx

  5. Hi gorgeous;
    This is a very touching post and something that is close to my heart too. I see homeless people every day in the city centre, some asking for money, the majority trying to sell a Big Issue. There are two that stand out to me at the moment; a younger women who spends a long day trying to sell the Big Issue just outside the train station. She is there when I go to work in the morning and still there when I leave, (and you know the long hours that I can work). The second just looks like you and me; wears a thermal hat and gloves. He looks ‘together’ and I have never seen him beg for passers-by to buy the Big Issue. The third I only noticed today; a young guy about the same age as AJ*. He had a small number of Big Issues and was waiting patiently for people to approach him. There must be great temptation for him to dabble; earning pennies on the streets or big bucks and prestige selling drugs. We can’t understand how hard it must be for these guys.
    Aust. xxxx

    • Hello my lovely hubby,
      I understand now why you’re always home late for dinner..
      You’re sat talking to the homeless, aren’t you???
      I knew you were special as soon as I saw you in the religious sect we met in.
      What a blog post that would be. giggle ***wink.
      I Love you. xxxx

  6. You are such a wonderful person my dear friend to bring this to the attention of others. I am with you on homelessness can happen to anyone. I always remind my children of how fortunate we are. There is an elderly gentleman who sales newspapers on the corner a couple of miles from my son’s school. I have dropped off things to help him in the past and spent time talking to him while waiting for the traffic light to change. He has a pension, he works hard everyday, but he cannot afford an apartment here despite looking for one. He was sent to Hawaii on a one way ticket from another state. This is the way we treat our elderly.

    The high cost of living in Hawaii makes finding affordable housing hard for so many. It has created a large population of homeless families. Many used to live in tents on the beaches away from the main tourist areas, but they have been ran off from these areas and now move from place to place. I remind my children that we give to the Hawaii Food Bank to help those who are less fortunate for there but by the grace of God go we.

  7. Hi Lisa – you are so right – homelessness could happen to any one of us and yet, sadly, so many people just walk past homeless people as if they are dirt on the floor. There are so many of us who just do not realise how fortunate we are.

    Thanks for this thought-provoking post my friend!

    Chloe xx

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