13 Mon, 2010 § Leave a comment
This is Larry.
You probably don’t know him. I don’t really know him.
He’s my new friend in Flagstaff. He is a Vietnam vet just trying to get by, & boy does he have stories! I am pretty sure he is stretching a couple of them for dramatic effect. 😉 Yes, he is homeless & manages to stay out of trouble for the most part — a local police officer even sort of vouched for him — but he still seems to be a bit of a trouble-maker. I think he likes it that way.
I couldn’t help but like Larry, & he taught me a couple things that day.
First, even though we did not know each other, it was ok to tell me he loves me. 😀 ha! Would that weird you out? He made sure to emphasize while he thought I was attractive, he didn’t mean that sort of love — he “was obviously old enough to be my grandfather after all”. I just laughed & thought, why can’t the world be like that? Why can’t we love those we do not know or understand, even with their strange customs or unfamiliar beliefs? Am I naive? I would rather live with genuine love in my heart than be skeptical, cold & perpetuate hostility. We don’t have to skip around throwing flower pedals & giving hugs to strangers; but couldn’t we all act a little more loving toward people?
Some may have avoided Larry or hurried off after a rushed exchange. I felt he was ok, & we spent a good portion of one afternoon chatting. My day was brightened as we talked & he complemented passing couples on their “exceptional taste in one another”. 😀
Which brings me to the second lesson I learned from Larry:
When he feels down & depressed, he tries to make people smile.
Larry made a lot of people smile that day.
I hope your Monday is full of smiles.