Ray kicked the autumn leaves on his way to the soup kitchen to get his meal for the day. He was especially hungry and hoped he would be able to have seconds.

The line was long to the lunchtime meal which meant there probably wouldn't be enough food for seconds.

Sue handed Ray a bologna sandwich, a bowl of soup and some carrot sticks. It wasn't much and certainly not enough to fill his belly.

The nights were getting cooler and his little camp in the woods didn't provide him much warmth.

Tonight, he would have to make a campfire.


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51 thoughts on “SPF-Homeless

  1. I liked to jump in them when I was a kid. Now they are just a pain that has to be raked up and then sit in the streets causing parking problems for weeks on end. Homeless is a topic I don’t like thinking about since that could be my situation any time in the future.

  2. Great story, Joy. It shows that leaves can mean different things to different people and in his case, he knew winter was on the way and his life would change some and he would need to make adjustments. Everyone makes adjustments, but it isn’t always pleasant.

  3. A really good story PJ. I think this is especially a fitting thing to be talking about as the weather gets colder for those who don’t have a home particularly. I read a neat article the other day about in San Francisco where they have turned buses into portable showers for the homeless. Your story made me think of this and how we really have to help those on the streets.

    • You are so right Mandi. I use to help out at our local soup kitchen and I remember they had a hard time having enough food to feed the homeless. That is one way we can help, by supporting our local soup kitchens.

  4. Makes me feel bad for him and Yes I have such sympathy for the people who have no shelter as the days get colder 😦 So glad for the soup kitchens that are available but we need more!

  5. We used to have a soup kitchen just round the corner from me, before they started tearing down buildings and digging up car parks. Now it is further up the road. It opens at 6, and you see people start to congregate there from about 4:30. As I was going past a couple of months ago, I saw one of my friends come out of there and I thought she had taken a downward turn. As it happens, she goes there three times a week to help, and sometimes takes her own food there to help out if there doesn’t seem to be enough. When I worked with her, she was one of the most caring people I ever met. She hasn’t changed it seems.

    I felt guilty in August, as I went to collect my daughter from her friends at 1am – my daughter is 17, but I still won’t let her out on her own after dark. As we were heading home, there was a man asleep just along the road, and I made a mental note that I was going to do him a flask of coffee and a sandwich. When I got in though, I fell asleep in the chair and forgot clean about it.

    • That is very sweet of your friend, to help out at the soup kitchen. I helped at one for awhile and they were always needing more food. There is such a need for these kitchens. The one I helped at was only open for lunch. Your thoughts were in a good place for the man lying in the street. You couldn’t help it that you fell asleep. Maybe if you see it happen again you can get the man/woman a sandwich and a flask of coffee. I can’t say I blame you for not letting your daughter be out after dark, however, I’m sure she probably hates it. lol.

      • No, she loves that I care enough to come and get her.
        I keep looking out for the man. I know I saw him somewhere else a few days ago, so I brought him a couple of hot sausage rolls and a cup of tea.

    • Thank you so much Colleen! I hope he gets more food too. I helped out at a soup kitchen for awhile and they never seemed to have enough food much less for the clients to have seconds. Thank you for reading!

    • Thank you Steve. Just a reminder of those who have much less and their struggle through the winter. The least we can do is to help out, either with money or our time, the organizations that help these people.

  6. Yes it is this time of the year that the homeless start to worry too bad they can’t hibernate like animals. If only the homeless weren’t..homeless.

  7. This is one case for fiction being more than true to life.
    I knew a guy who one winter more or less lived in his car.
    When he did scrap enough funds from his part time job he rented a room in a cheep motel on the other side of town…

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