Usually when I go to the beach for a walk with Bella I walk from my apartment which is one block away, but last Saturday I decided to take the car down because it was quite windy, no not quite, extremely. When I arrived in the car park this young man came up to the car and asked if he could watch my car for me, which would normally mean I should give him a couple of rand to do that, but I said "No you don't need to watch my car, and I will try and help you, but I need to talk to you. Please wait here, I will be back". I went for my walk and the wind really picked up and it was freezing, so I told him I was going to fetch a jacket, something for him to eat and I would be back.
When I pulled into the car park he looked surprised. Probably thought, 'yea right another @#$$%^ that is just going to drive off'. We sat down on the bench near the toilets and I can hardly describe how he attacked the hamburger, chips and cold drink that I had bought for him. I wanted to talk to him and find out more about him but I also didn't want to ask him questions with a mouth full of food.
He looked over towards the mountain and I asked him.
"What are you thinking when you look over there towards that beautiful mountain?" he says...
"No one actually cares!"
I asked him, what do you really want in your life, and he doesn't say, a job, a home, money, he says...
"I want someone to love me!"
I have tried for four days to get him into a shelter, made dozens of phone calls and I just can't find him any help. For now, I am still trying to find him some help, but it doesn't look good, and I dread telling him that I can't do anything.
This face belies the the tender way he speaks.