Signs of the times
I feel compelled to write about something sad that affects me every day. It seems that the number of people holding a sign asking for money is greater than ever. Some of the messages really tug at your heartstrings.
I find myself avoiding eye contact. I almost feel guilty that I have a good job, especially if I don't hand them money.
There must be some other way to obtain money. Maybe I am wrong, maybe they have tried, but I would rather mow lawns or clean windows to earn some money than stand all day like that.
Often there is a pile of garbage left where they have been, and someone has to clean that up. Ironically, it is probably a paid government employee.
I see the same people at freeway exits and intersections and I have mixed feelings. My compassionate side would love to help; my skeptical side is not sure that what I read on their sign is the truth.
I know there truly are hardship cases, but I don't want to be a dupe, either. How do we know which is which?