There are a lot of homeless people hanging around where I live. And I’ve noticed there are a lot of very young homeless people around too. They hang out in this big parking lot (I mentioned in another post) that is parking lot to probably 5 or 6 businesses I frequent. It’s so big and busy that no one pays much attention to a free-sleeping blond woman (of a certain age) eating humus and chips in her old van. I like being anonymous like that. Until I get lonely that is.
I’ve noticed that the security guards tend to hassle the youngins if they fall asleep at one of the tables or on a curb in the parking lot. I guess I understand. It’s kind of a trendy place (the kind of place that has a yoga studio, upscale baby stores and the like) and seeing dirty, homeless kids sleeping there doesn’t lend to the upscale ambiance.
I feel really bad for these kids. They are the same age as my own kids. I’m a free-sleeper mostly out of choice, but these kids….I’m afraid they are going to get stuck in this lifestyle. Do they have cars? Will they ever have a decent job where they can get a place to live? What will become of them?
As long as my finances allow, I’m going to by these kids a cup or coffee or some other drink when I see them. I’m thinking that if they look like paying customers maybe they can have a place to be for a little while without being told they need to move on. Wish I could do more.