By Braddah Lance
Close by wea I work, there's a pretty huge homeless population in plain sight. Regularly towards da end of da day there's a particular homeless woman, moderately 'clean' clothes pushing a baby stroller sometimes a cart and has obvious mental issues. She'll randomly throw rubbish towards oncoming vehicles, pick up an item that catches her eye and step into da road without a second thought (almost got hit yesterday) and yell at 'someone' almost turrets-like.
Recently she's been pulling a puppy about 6-8 months old on a leash attached to her cart and my heart kinda sank as dat looked exactly like da dog we had years ago. As she went along and stopped randomly, I noticed that da dog's feet were burning (my dog went through da same thing and you could tell with da 'happy feet' and standing in shade every chance it got). Besides da burning feet, da dog actually did look pretty healthy but it got me thinking - besides how she got a dog - wat kine of life would da dog go through?
That dog is already at a disadvantage and I'm only guesstimating that its life is already predetermined by da path and actions of da woman which doesn't appear to be all there. I can't imagine it would be fed a 'healthy' dog food diet, play with oddah dogs in a dog park or run on da beach. I can hope dat it'll be loved to a certain extent but then it got me thinking a little deeper about homeless with keiki.
There are da working homeless and I pray dat they persevere and make it 'out' knowing dat there is a bettah life for them and their ohana but wat about those dat refuse to work? Wen I used to surf on my lunch break at Point Panic, da homeless population have grown exponentially there and it's amazingly sad to see how many keiki are out there..... and not in school during a school day during school hours. They are just, ummmm, hanging out like their adult counterparts.
Wassup Wit Dat!
But really, wat can you do? You can't change people. As a person, you need to look in da mirror and WANT to change. I really feel for those who put - and keep - oddahs in da disadvantageous position. It's almost like (any kine of) abuse wea you constantly beat down on a person and until da person being abused stands up, will things change.
I compare da situation/scenario to da Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd movie "Trading Places" wea if you have opportunity and means, it does help but even if you don't and have the drive and determination, you can still 'make it'. Ironically, dis is wen it's "all about you".
You can donate time, you can donate money but wat good is it if it only helps once or a few times? I am most definitely not saying help doesn't count but there's gotta be something different society can do. I don't have an answer nor a suggestion but just feel like da homeless situation has gone out of control and those truly hurt are da ones not being shown - or see - da light at da end of da tunnel. It's almost like da 'help' adds to da perpetual cycle cause unless dat person knows wat's out there and work's their okole off to make change.... in da end they (da person) still have to make da effort to go get it.