When I look to the left and I look to the right, I see a world that is filled with hypocrisy. I say this because we always tend to judge each other based on the assumption that our sins are smaller than the next person’s.
Homeless people have it the worst.
“What did he/she do to get there?” is the question that gets to me the most.
You see, my dear friend, change is something we all want. How would you feel if someone questioned you about your deepest darkest sins?
Today, as I walked through the busy streets of Cape Town, looking for the ‘lesser’ half of our society, I struggled to find them. And it’s not because they were lazing around, but rather because the worst time of the year has come for them – Christmas season.
I asked the homeless people of Cape Town a question most of us would easily take for granted: “If there were one thing for Christmas you wish you could do/have, what would it be?”
Many of you reading this are probably thinking the worst, but rest assured that their answers will melt your heart onto the face of this earth, and hopefully encourage you to avoid being silly. Maybe just look around a little while longer – It takes time to appreciate the real blessings in life.
Their responses were as follows:
Zamuxolo Masabalala, 45 said that all he wished for this Christmas was to live in a house. “I wish all my fellow homeless friends all of the best for this Christmas. Most other people are joyful during this period, but for us it is the worst because we have nobody,” he said.
Justin Diedericks, 22 has been living on the streets since he was 16 years old. “If I could make one wish for this Christmas it would be to reconcile with my family. It was my birthday on the 16th December and I could not celebrate it with anybody. Christmas is a time of reconciliation and family and that is all that I want.”
Martin Lilae, 50 who said he has been living on the streets for most of his life said that all he wanted this Christmas was shelter. “I have a found a job but all I need now is a house – even if it is a Wendy house, anything. God must be with me.”
Chadwin Crotz, 29 said that his wish for this Christmas would be to go on vacation. A much needed break from the streets.
Ricardo Lott, 35, said that his wish for this Christmas is to see his first born child for the first time. “The reason the mother of my child does not want me to meet my child is because I was arrested around the time he was born. All I want is to meet him.”
Magadien Wentzel, 54, said that he wishes to see more homeless people get jobs. “If we are employed, we will be able to get off the streets,” he said.
Amelia Sampson, 32 said that all she wanted this Christmas was to become a better mother to her two children. “My youngest is 6 months and I want to be a better person for the two of them.”
Cape Argus columnist Danny Oosthuizen, who has been living on the streets for 3 years now said: “One wish would be that we are more mindful of each other, that we would practice more tolerance. That we try to heal the wounds of the past by just being human towards each other.”
Have a blessed Christmas, friends.