Today was one of those unplanned giving days. I had a free day with my son and we decided to head over to the city via the SeaBus just for the ride. Since we live on the North Shore of Vancouver going down town for a morning is always a great adventure. We get to see things we don’t normally see and just figure things out along the way. It has been raining in Vancouver for a number of days now. It is cool and wet and the last thing you want to do is be outside doing much of anything.
Day 169: Give 169
Doing unusual things with you kids is always fun. I try to get my son out to see and experience the world as much as possible. Our “big” trip down town took us to Library Square (which I will post about tomorrow on a special book), a train trip, a little shopping and walking. We saw the hustle and bustle of down town and different parts of the city we hadn’t seen before . I could be doing a post just about public transportation and the benefits to the environment on getting around a city but instead it is about one gentleman singing in the rain. On our way back to the SeaBus sitting in the entrance to the terminal was a gentleman playing the guitar and singing. We almost always stop to listen as my son loves music but the SeaBus was fast approaching and we needed to get to the terminal in a timely fashion. As we walked past the street performer my Mother (whom had come with us for the adventure) and I both reached into our pockets to find some change. We did it automatically without thinking. I actually didn’t even think of it as a give until I got home and sat down to write for the day. It wasn’t a lot of money and we didn’t stop to chat but it was the act that I realized was important. My son saw we stopped to help and the gentleman was grateful for anything he got in exchange for his performance. The 10 second give! I admire the fact he wasn’t just begging for money but using his god-given talent to earn his way.
10 seconds and loose change out of my pocket wasn’t a big deal to me but to the gentleman singing in the rain it would have meant a lot. He was recognized and rewarded for his efforts. So many times we walk past people performing for money on the street and the more of us that just walk by without even acknowledging their presence must make them feel so alone and unworthy.
The next time you are walking down the street and someone is playing for their next meal just stop and give anything you have. Make them feel valuable and alive.
Cost: Loose change
Time 10 seconds