Wednesday, March 7, 2012
One mans trash is another mans treasure
Begging on the streets is a harsh reality here. There are almost no social services to provide for people who have no money. Often times kids are begging - but often times they do a chore or a task for that money. Washing windows, watching your car while you are shopping, this kind of thing. Today on my way out from the grocery store I was approached by a young boy - but in his hand he held something - in exchange for money he wanted to sell me his creation. I looked at it in wonder. The story - one mans trash is another mans treasure? This young boy had created a thing of beauty from a tin can that had been thrown away. I couldn't let it pass. I bought it from him - enough for him to buy a simple lunch. We both had gained in this small exchange. I spent a few minutes to speak with him, engage him, asked him if he had made it and how beautiful it was - and he got enough for lunch.