Mark , Laetitia Fernando and Rushana came to lunch today friday 19 october. I had met Mark a long time back and today he was with fernando . Just because mark is different i have to admit I was worried a little but off we went. Mark is on a disability grant and unable to handle money. His sister with her kids helps him but mark still prefers to sleep on the street. Having a speech defect and problems with muscular coordination and being on the street. It left me with no words.
It was clear Mark would not see a social worker, but it seemed to me Mark has all his faculties but sometimes its so much physical mannerisms and speech defects how we define each other.
Fernanado has enough problems of his own but maintains a unconditional acceptance of mark in a way which, together with his homlessness and other difficulties few would be prepared to give Mark the tme of day
At some level this registered with me once again, knowing more about fernando as i do too..it registered to me that we are simply not better in any way than anyone else.
It takes people like fernando to remind me of that now and then. But few take the opportunity to meet and talk if one looks a certain way , instead categorising all poeple as kind of the same.
I take people in my car back and forth every week. There is nothing to fear . Quite the opposite. It is lesson in humility for me I am extremely grateful for.
Thank you people on the street and Isaac at the Haven for giving us this day of acceptance together. Really. Thank you.