Beside the Dumpster

The restaurant is busy
people eat, drink, talk, laugh.
Out beside the dumpster
a hungry street kid
shivers in the dark
swallows his saliva
and waits for closing time.

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8 thoughts on “Beside the Dumpster

    • I’ve seen it. When I worked at Robin’s Donuts I saw three kids lugging a bagful of day-old product they’d fished out of the dumpster. Enough to feed the neighborhood. Where are the people who brought them into this world!?

      My cousin’s daughters tell me that back when the youngest were in school their (divorced) mom would sometimes leave with some guy, without a word to them, and be gone two or three weeks — leaving them no food nor money to buy any. They went hungry for days sometimes. And she’s told me how many times that her girls didn’t treat her very good at all when they were young. ??

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      • Your comment had me putting my counselor hat on. I’d be very tempted to assess your cousin for Bipolar Disorder; maybe schizoaffective disorder. Not that all strange behavior is mental illness. Sometimes it’s just plain sinful selfishness.

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      • You’d have some counseling to do with my cousin, I’ll tell you. 🙂 Her two sons mean the world to her; her daughters mean nothing. Except they should care for their mother, call her, come see her. That’s how I’ve observed it over the years. Her grandkids mean nothing, either, which really hurts the girls. There are definitely psychological issues that have gotten worse over the years.

        She plays a lot of “Let’s you and him fight,” with her children, setting her two sons against each other and the boys against the girls. She has been and is paranoid about having people coming in and moving/taking stuff in her apartment; moved several times because of this, set up a surveillance camera, etc., but nothing showed up on film.

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    • Families are fluid; moms & dads constantly being exchanged, substance abuse issues, parents walking out for a time. Kids are only a byproduct of relationships; often they’re in the way. People say money will help — a better income — and that’s a joke. But hey, who won’t take money and food and clothes if someone’s handing it out?

      We talked with Rick, who runs “Hands On Street Mission” in Saskatoon. He tries to provide a safe place where kids can come and hang out. He says people give him clothes & such to hand out and if he knows of a parent with 2 or 3 children,he gives them one jacket or one blanket. He knows if he gives them two, one will be sold to buy booze or drugs. Our mom would have done that, too.

      Middle class people live for tomorrow. They live to acquire, to save for the future, to land in a happy retirement setting, take trips, etc. The poor have no real hope for tomorrow, no long-range goals. It’s all they can do to survive today. For some, their only hope is to win the lottery or win big at the casino — which only impoverishes them more.

      For a lot of them, their hope is for the next good time. Friends are often more important than family — they were for my birth mom. You want to be there for your friends and hope your friends are there for you when you hit bottom. Money coming in may go to buy the rounds for your drinking buddies — or they may beg for a loan, promise to pay as soon as…, and you lend if you can. Why spend money on food when the kids can steal some if they’re smart? And there’s always something in the dumpster. It’s really hard to break that cycle.

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