Today I saw this little boy, he looked about 13-14 and he was wailing his eyes out on the side of the street. I was driving on the other side of the road when he caught my eye. What a dilemma for a fleeting moment I thought of just driving off and letting someone else handle him, but how wrong is that I would hope that if some one saw one of my children crying at the side of the road that they would at least care enough to stop and ask why the tears. So I made a U-turn and stopped by the crying boy to find out why the tears. Poor thing was pick pocketed in the bus and lost JA$1000 ( US$15). I knew it was going to be about money but it still broke my heart to see his anguish. I never have cash on me maybe because of this, because I know if I had the $1000 dollars I would have handed it over with-out blinking. I did ask him why he didn’t just go to school and of course he was like I don’t have any money, so at that point I looked in my change purse and I had some change so I asked him (still wailing by the way) how much it cost to take a bus to school and he said $30 ( .50 cents) so I put that together and said please go to school. He took the coins and counted it up and took a break in his wailing. I said ok goodbye now and drove off albeit feeling a little guilty that I couldn’t do more and then I looked into my rear view and yikes! did he in his frustration dash away my coins. Hey I could have used that $30.00 to buy a pack of chips for my son! Oh well I guess it wasn’t enough of a help.
But you know what even though I couldn’t help at least I know that I stopped and tried and I guess at the end of the day that is all you really can do!