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Reflections in New York

While in New York City I expected to see a lot of homeless people. It’s a big city, and that sadly seems to come with the territory. I was surprised how few I saw (I’m sure there’s a reason, one involving tourists and police and city image), and how they each seemed to have their own spot. I passed this woman, and a block away a homeless man, both of whom seemed camped out for the duration and neither of whom moved for hours. I walked by each several times and they were always there; a statue captured next to the hustle and bustle around them. It did make me stop and reflect. How far away from that corner am I?  I’ve had days where I felt like this — I’m sure we all have. That look is despair, loss of hope, resignation to a fate that might not exactly be one we encountered by choice. Will I one day stand there holding a sign like that, with that expression on my face? Maybe I already have, but I’ve kept it inside. An invisible “help me” sign. She’s just brave enough to wear it on the outside.

10 comments on… “Reflections in New York”

  1. Wow, very thought-provoking post! Great picture too – really reflects this woman’s feelings. I hope she soon finds her way to a better path in her life.
    And GREAT profile picture!

  2. Definitely makes you think about how far removed one is from that reality. Less than most of us would like to think, I would guess. I feel so blessed today, Melinda. Thank you for such a thought-provoking post. And, I love the new profile pic!

    • I suspect most of us are just a few paychecks away from that sort of reality. Not pleasant to think about, and yet another reason I prefer happy endings in books and movies! Very blessed, indeed.

  3. “She’s just brave enough to wear it on the outside.” Wow. That is one of the most powerful statements I’ve ever heard. I love how you captured the emotion on her face and the reflection. She almost looks sadder in the reflection. Great post.

    ps. Love the new author pic! Lovely smile 🙂

  4. Thanks for the compliments on my profile photo! My good friend Marcie Rodriguez took that (and about a hundred others). She does good work :-D. She’s going to play with the image some so I might update it again, but I just couldn’t wait to share her work with everyone. I’m lucky to have a friend like her.

  5. That’s a great photograph Melinda–I really like the reflection aspect, there’s a lot to think about when looking at it.
    And love your new profile pic! 🙂

  6. A touching picture and post. Being homeless is one of the most difficult situations a person can face. If you don’t have an address, it’s really difficult to find a job too.

    And the elements make it a bitch. I once spent a night in the train station after missing the last train home. I had the 7th Harry Potter book keeping me company but even though it was summer, the night was pretty cold.

    On a more positive note, your new profile picture looks really good 🙂

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