# I Wonder About The Elderly (As We Keep Our Distance)👴🏼😷💭…..

Recently I had an encounter with a stranger in a fruit market that left an impression on me. An older gentleman approached me at the counter as I was paying for my items. It totally threw me off that he came up to the counter, since we are supposed to be “social distancing”. He was ranting, repeating, “Señora!! I am poor, I need help, no money! I am poor! I am poor!!! Please Señora!!!”
He caught me off guard, I turned my head to look at him. He was sweating and sounded out of breath. He looked as though he had ran for miles before coming in the store. I was annoyed and slightly agitated, because he was interrupting my transaction. I looked directly at the cashier expecting them to tell the man to leave, because he was very disruptive, but nope. His hyper, frantic loud energy really killed my peaceful vibe, and although I was annoyed, I cared to hear what he was trying to tell me. He had a hand full of change with a few loonies, and perched on the counter a carton of eggs. I guess he didn’t have enough to pay for the eggs, and I felt bad for him. Regardless of how annoying and rude I thought he was, I could see he was desperate, or maybe he had some sort of mental issue. You never know in the city, and I try not to judge a book by it’s cover.
As I completed my transaction, I looked in my wallet to see how much I was able to spare, as I spoke him. I dropped a loonie in his hand and he began to examine it. I realized that it didn’t have a graphics or writing on it and maybe he was wondering if it was real. He was quickly counting up his money, and he did not say Thank you. I usually would have commented on the lack of manners, but I was fixated on his actions. I felt compassion for him, he was simply trying to buy some eggs. The grocery prices are going up since this pandemic hit, and many can not afford the basics. The privately owned business are even more expensive than a franchise store, but the more intimidating to enter.
As I walked home I thought about how the elderly are adapting, considering how quickly everything is changing. I thought about the fact that overnight your local store may be too expensive. I imagined being elderly in this neighborhood. I thought about the fact that he may have been just dollar shy of the price, and freaked out. I thought how the government is not looking out for our elderly it should be. Everybody should be able to afford groceries, and at least the basics in this country, especially the retired elderly.

That encounter helped me realize that we must all look out for one another, especially the most vulnerable.
This has been a difficult time for everyone, and it’s not going to get any easier. I am out here trying to survive as well but giving a little can’t hurt. I am willing to go without  to be able to help another in need, especially the vulnerable. It makes me sad that I can not help more.

Take Care, Stay safe, and Stay tuned.

Love and Respect,

# Most People Wouldn’t…..

If you were standing behind somebody in public and they dropped money on the ground, but didn’t notice, would you tell them? Or would you wait until they walked away, and pick up the money to keep???

Well apparently “most” people wouldn’t, that’s what a lady said to me after I alerted her that she dropped $100 dollar bill. We were standing in line at the register the.. only two people in line, and in the store, ironically. While she was about to pay, rummaging through her wallet, a$100 bill dropped to her side. So I said, ” Excuse me Mrs” and pointed to it. Her face looked shocked, as she yelled out, “Oh my goodness!!! Thank you SO much!!! Most people wouldn’t….” She looked me in the eye with a shocked look on her face. I responded, “It’s okay, no problem! I understand…..You’d go home and be like OMG….” I wouldn’t wish that feeling upon a stranger. As the lady continued to Thank me, I noticed the cashier looking at me, in an admirable way. The woman paid for her items, and turned around and said to me, Thank you again. So I decided to tell her that I’ve lost my wallet\left my wallet places, and had somebody pick it up and I got it back with NOTHING taken. I also have found a wallet and searched the ID and mailed the wallet back to the owner…I do for people, what I would hope they’d do for me. I told her God Bless You…

Now, I felt the need to share those examples with a stranger, because I’d like the “norm” to be that we as a people care enough about one another, to automatically put ourself in their shoes. For one, that money was NOT mine, I know for a fact, it was hers so, she deserves to keep her money! I also thought, that money could’ve been for anything, everybody is dealing with the ridiculous inflation and cost of living in Toronto. Don’t let appearances fool you. I could use an extra hundred bucks, but who couldn’t!

I do believe in karma, or whatever people call it. If we give eachother a break, and really care, in our daily interactions, we’d enjoy life on this planet more.

I told my friend, about this and he said, Sorry, just being honest, I would’ve took it!…and I laughed, and felt disappointed at the same time:(…..

Love&Respect,

~Dawn Lovely