Friday, May 25, 2007

this picture cost me 5 bucks

bigbike

I needed a picture of a handicap parking sign for this post, so I drove up to the local Target parking lot to look for material. While shooting a few signs, I noticed this large man (or woman) working on his ride. I framed the shot and recorded the moment. I did not think I would use it at the time (and this was all of an hour ago).

I shot a dozen picture with a telephoto lens. I like the look of the graffiti truck, and the bike is nice too. I was sitting in my truck with the engine running, almost like a PI on a case. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a homeless man walk by with a little girl. She was maybe four years old. I smiled at the girl when she made eye contact. The look she returned hurt me - it was hunger. I gave her dad five bucks, it was all I had.

Ten minutes later I drove by the same little girl sitting on a curb with her dad. She was eating a very big hamburger. Her dad was rubbing her back. He looked hungry too.

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8 comments:

Dan Harlow said...

Very nice. Too bad stories like this never make headlines, but it's the small acts of kindness that really make the world go round.

beepbeepitsme said...

You did the right thing. I'm proud of you.

vjack said...

Bravo! This is what so many Christians just can't seem to get their heads around - good deeds need not be motivated by promises of heavenly rewards or threats of hell.

tina said...

Thank you.

Mojoey said...

I seem to be more inclined to help as I grow older. Whatever it is, I cannot pass by someone who is in need without helping.

Thanks for the kinds words.

Joe

Eek said...

Brings a tear to the eye.. or it would if I was less heartless bitch and more nice caring person. :P

Nah, good job... you and the father. I can't imagine anything harder than being a parent and not being able to provide properly for your kids... the guilt, the stress, it'd be awful.

Fortunately our welfare system here in good old Oz is pretty frickin good.

aidan said...

Yes it's strange how Christians seem to feel that being an atheist and being charitable are somehow mutually exclusive. Interesting photograph.

Mike1071 said...

The world needs more people like you.