My wife was homeless as a teenager.
On Friday afternoons,
a “business man” would walk up to her
and ask her if she was hungry.
She would say yes,
and he would take her into the restaurant on the corner.
She never felt any danger with him
He was just some dude offering her a meal.
He would let her get anything in the menu .
He would sit and read the paper and drink a cup of coffee.
There was never any conversation.
When he was finished, he would pay the bill and leave.
There was never any exchange of words
other than “You hungry?”
and “have what you want”,
and “have a good afternoon”.
This happened multiple times.
She never felt like a project to him.
She never felt less than him.
She never felt in danger.
He was just a guy who saw a dirty girl on the street who needed to eat.
She has since gotten her GED,
graduated from a trade school with a fitness degree,
and now has earned her MBA with honors.
She is an amazing woman and an amazing mother.
The one wish she has is that
she can run into the “business man” who bought her lunches
and thank him.