This is an update to 2 previous posts
1-My New Acquaintance – A Lady Without a Home, published February 1 , 2016
2-The Lady in the Van and the Lady on the Bench, published February 10, 2016
My lady on the Bench, no longer has a bench. She has been displaced. Not only is she without a home, she is without a bench. It has been removed. The Mall is undergoing a tremendous renovation and management has established a new transit hub underground at the other end of the shopping centre. I looked for her and her bags and cases at the new location. She was not to be seen.
Coincidentally later that afternoon I was putting on lipstick in a mall bathroom and I spotted my lady walking towards a stall. I tried to catch her eye but she did not see me. She didn’t appear frail and looked much healthier than before. In fact She looked beautiful Her shiny silver hair was swept up and kept in place with a nice looking barrette. She appeared to be well groomed and flashed the attendant her beautiful smile. The attendant seemed to know her as she ushered her into a large handicapped stall with a sink. My lady was carrying numerous bags and a small case with her. I suspect this is one of the places where she washes up and perhaps changes clothes. I waited a few minutes for her to come out but I had an apointment and couldn’t stay. It is apparent that this lady has class, and in fact in one of our previous chats she informed me that she grew up in a prestige area.
A friend of mine commented that I make lemonade out of lemons. I think this applies more to the Lady who is no longer on the bench. Enid wherever life takes you either by choice or circumstance, I wish you well.
This is not the only person down in luck who frequented the mall. Many years ago an unemployed and homeless man, hung out in the food court. He would pick up papers off the floor and throw away garbage that patrons left behind. The food vendors noticed him and gave him hand outs and some even gave him money,. One day he came in wearing a donated tuxedo. He continued to clean up and he helped people find a vacant table. Management eventually hired him and he became the concierge of the food court. He proudly wore a tuxedo to work everyday and became a recognized and familiar face to many.