Hello everyone! When I was staying at Alice’s RV Park I didn’t tell you all enough about it. It is a small park, mostly full of family and they will welcome you as family. Alice, the owner is a very kind woman, as is Sam her brother who manages the place for her. During my stay, they were some of the kindest people I have met so far on my travels. She brought sandwiches over, pulled pork sandwiches from her church fundraiser and gave them to me. When she did this, I naturally thanked her and she did something most people know about, a lot of people hear about but sadly most don’t follow through with. She told me “Pay it forward, there may be someone you can help along your journey and that’s all I ask for as thanks.” This struck a chord with me, the kindness and sincerity shown by that woman and her family is something that will never leave me.
Today, I was talking to a young man on Grindr, I’m not going to go into specifics but needless to say he was homeless with his sister and they were living in a U-haul van. Now usually guys on Grindr hit me up for money, and that’s about it. This young man wanted help, and badly wanted food. Yes he also wanted some money, but he continued to talk and it really bothered me after getting to know him a bit that he was stuck in the cold and hungry and not having much luck. This bothered me to the point that today when talking to him, he was still hungry and hadn’t had luck getting anybody to feed him ( or other things). I found myself telling him I would bring him sandwiches and some cans of soda for him and his sister. Now, you might be saying to yourself WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT! You could be walking into being robbed, they could be drug addicts etc…. Well, they were drug addicts. FORMER drug addicts, see I not only took them the sandwiches and soda’s I decided to take them out to eat at the local Chinese Buffet so they could have a hot meal and fill their belly’s. This was one of the best decisions I could have made. While eating I got to know him, and his sister more and they were very honest, good young ones that were having a hard time. Family situations had them in a bind, the loyalty his sister showed was amazing to me. The mom through out the son, and the sister straight up told her if he goes, she goes and she followed through. She followed through to the point they are both in a U-haul van, in the cold and going hungry so he won’t be all alone. THAT is a good girl, actually I am going to say woman, that is a GOOD WOMAN. They both told me a little of their past, the struggles with meth and were completely honest with me. They both are clean now, and have been for a couple years but the struggles in their home environment had them down. The young man is only 21, and he mentioned he had been homeless a few years ago down in Louisiana before as well.
Taking the initiative and taking them out to dinner is one of my better decisions, and I hope to meet up with them again. When I got back, I immediately found extra blankets and a sleeping bag that I am hoping to be able to get to them tomorrow sometime on my way to the property, they don’t have much in that U-haul but they have each other.
I don’t know what made me do this, its very out of my character but I do know over the two days messaging this young man there was just something, a little voice in my head that had me keep checking up on him, kept asking how he was doing and trying to keep his spirits up, and when today came there was a memory that came to me loud and clear while talking to him, it was the memory of my stay at Alice’s and what she said to me. Well Alice, I did as I said I would do. I payed it forward, and you know what? when that young man and his sister thanked me, and were hugging me I whispered into their ears the same thing she had told me, plus a little extra, “You never know who you might meet on your journey, all I ask for thanks is that you pay it forward if you can, a wise very kind woman named Alice said that to me, and now I say it to you.”
I don’t know if I will see those youngsters again, I hope I do but even if I don’t I hope that someday when they are able to themselves, that they remember that dinner and our conversations and they remember what Alice told me that I passed onto them.
I want to say it to all of you now as well, you might hear it and you might have said, it but have you done it? PAY IT FORWARD…… AlfredBy Jacob Riis (May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914) – Taken from http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAriis.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=602304