I was out of practice today! The first person I chose, a young lady whose name tag said Frey, appeared to be taking a break from her job at a local restaurant. She never said anything to me as I explained what I was doing. She just looked down at her phone and finally shook her head no when I asked if she would accept my $10.
I picked myself up and went searching for another person. There were lots of options as the streets near Dupont Circle are full of people. Stretched out on a metal chair on a rain washed street terrace in front of a Cosi restaurant, Thomas was just taking in the sights and sounds of the bustling streets of our nation’s capital. With a drink, bag of Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Popcorn and cooler surrounding him, he smiled and said, “I was just sitting here relaxing, kind of in a transcendental state you know.” I asked him about the cooler – I thought he might have been selling some cold drinks. “Nope,” he said, “I just use this to carry around my stuff. It’s sturdy and has a nice lid that I can even sit down on if I need to.” I can just see my Dad adopting this idea and traveling around with a cooler after he reads this!
Thomas grew up in Washington and we figured out that we knew a few people in common. He knew Elijah from Day 185 and Connie from Day 319 of my Year of Giving. I asked him what he was going to with the $10 and he said he was going to probably get some food, band-aids and maybe put a few dollars in the cup of a street musician who was filling the air with the melodic riffs of a guitar.
Man, I miss this! So happy to be celebrating the Worldwide Day of Giving – takes me back to my 365 day journey in 2010. Good times! If you want to know what I’m up to now, check out the Year of Letters.