Another sign that you’re irritable might be if you get really mad at the same homeless man. I generally do not give money to homeless. But I will toss out protein bars if I have them, water if it’s hot, and quick silent prayers. And when I’m irritable, ‘toss out protein bars’ can totally mean, “smack that guy HARD” with a protein bar.
I haven’t done it lately.
He sits on the corner of the freeway where I u-turn to go to the kids’ school. He started flinching when he saw me. AND SO YOU SHOULD, BUDDY.
But he gets on my nerves. A LOT. And it’s probably irrational, I know. But he looks PERFECTLY able and willing to be far more productive than he is (in my own seriously nosy assessment based on not much), and with a shower – a LONG shower – he might even be kinda cute.
But that’s not why i can’t stand him. Although I’m really not terribly accepting of cute men- or men at all, really. Homeless or otherwise. I think this is a perfectly fine place for me to be, though.
He holds a sign (that makes no offer or claim to seek work, and as long as I’m being all judge-y, THAT sign irks me too) and BEHIND the sign?
Seriously. HE TEXTS.
I don’t know who or what he’s texting. Obviously. But as I u-turn around him, my vantage point is perfectly clear and he is a regular texter and that gets on my nerves like… like flies. I stopped throwing protein bars. Which he probably appreciated, actually.
I have not stopped praying for him when I drive by, but that irritates me too, because THEN i have to pray about my crappy attitude too. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
I KNOW IT”S NONE OF MY BUSINESS.
But I just very much think that homeless people should not be texting, and their cardboard signs should sincerely offer their interest in working.
I’ve tried to make up a story that makes me drive by and think, “aw. that’s sweet. he’s texting.”
But maybe there IS such a story. And maybe it IS true.
MAYBE this man is texting his mama as he sits there. Maybe she gave him the phone and asked him to please do that so she wouldn’t worry about him, and he does it because he wants to HONOR her, or something like that.
That would be nice.
(Nope. I’m not buying it. i tried.)
Sidenote: good for YOU, Katie Holmes. He was WEIRD.