I learned something this week that has left me feeling very distressed. I was trying to figure out how old the begging kids that hang around the coffee shop were but was getting nowhere. The language barrier was just to great. I asked a gentleman near me if he could help me find out. After a short bit of exchange between them he told me that they did not know old they were. I was shocked. I had never heard of people in the modern day not knowing their age. Thinking about this renews the heartache I felt when I first learned this information.
It was after learning this distressing news that I began to renew my efforts to befriend them. I make sure I greet them by name when I arrive and say goodbye when I leave. I make sure to smile at them frequently and I take their pictures when they ask me to. I have begun buying them biscuits when I get my daily tea. I will be buying some apples and bananas for them in the future because the sugar laden biscuits are not the best thing for them (or anyone0. Hopefully, by treating them humanely, I can bring a small bit of light to their lives.
Irene suggested I have a little birthday type event for them. I think that’s a great idea. I just need to find a Marathi speaker to help me communicate with them.
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Lens: EF-S 18-55mm @ 30 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/20
Exposure: +1/3 ev