She Will Give you an Earful

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Lots of homeless folks are happy despite tough conditions. Jennifer has a lot of sass and will give you an earful if she thinks you need it.

Jennifer wants me to massage her feet.

She wants a lot of stuff and pretty much demands it. I am not accustomed to answering demands. I like feet however, and she is 7 months pregnant, so I do it. I actually really like her; she is sassy and fun and will be kind if the occasion really calls for it.

A few of you folks say, John you should be kind to all them rich folks who won’t give you the time of day, and I am working on it. Jennifer however, has no problems calling a spade a spade. Her panhandle line is, “spare a pretty penny for a pretty  lady,” combined with a sweet smile.  But if you ignore her, you get, “Thanks for looking at me, I am a human you know,” and many other variations on this theme.

She can generally panhandle the $35 she needs to get her and her boyfriend at the moment a hotel room, although I have seen her curled up on the sidewalk late at night a time or two.homeless woman2

Also, to get that $35, you are still looking at a 95 percent rejection rate from the people you are panhandling, and no matter how stable you are that can wear on you. Jennifer always scores a little more than most of us on the street due to her peculiar charm.

This is her third child, the first being with step-dad, whom mom is still with. That is why Jennifer prefers the streets. Now logic says mom should have left step dad a long time ago, but you and I know logic does not run the world. And Jennifer’s story is far more common than it should be.

I don’t want to paint a bleak story here because Jennifer, for the most part, is happy. She has a lot of friends and lots of smarts. I could see her running a successful business some day. The government will get her off the streets at 8 months, but she could use prayers for her well being and the health of the baby. Amen.

Hobo Metaphysics of the day: Come off your point of view and love somebody.

John wants you to know: “I’m not for the government doing more to help these folks. Government help tends to come with a lot of humiliation, stipulations, and rules. But I am for us finding our hearts again as a people and taking care of our own.”



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