Wednesday, August 28, 2013

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Mother Teresa

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This is Alexander.

Tomorrow will be his 69th Birthday.
He has no family.
He told me he can't remember ever having a birthday party. 

He was an only child born to alcohol dependent parents.
He grew up in poverty and was sent from relative to relative. 
He has lived in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Florida. 

Alexander wears at least 2 jackets every day.
He gets his clothes from a thrift store.
He is always very happy when he can find shoes that are the right size. 
His current pair are sketchers and they cost him $8. 
He thought that was a steal. 

He has a rip in the back of his pants right now.
His shoes are tattered because he walks incessantly. 
He hasn't washed his hair in quite a while.
He can't remember the last time he had to get dressed up. 
He carries 3 totes with him wherever he goes.
He has to keep all of his possessions in the bags.

He likes sardines and crackers.
He likes ginger ale.
He likes people.

He doesn't like living in a shelter.
He doesn't like taking medicine for mental health issues.
He doesn't like when people try to take his bags away from him.

He likes to talk about his life.
He likes to draw and write things down.
He likes to read. 

He is special.
He is loved.
He is my friend. 

Every person matters.
Happy Birthday Alexander.


Rebecca Stanley said...

ah I love this my friend. Your heart is beautiful, and so is Alexander.

April said...

You bet they do! What a wonderful, heartwarming story about such a special human being!

Tamar SB said...

You are amazing. You're ability to see the beauty EVERYWHERE and then share it with the world never ceases to amaze me!

Debby said...

How sweet of you to post about this. Wish we could all throw a party for him. My adopted son used to count how old he was by the birthday cakes he had. He didn't have any for the first four birthdays.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Bless him....and bless you for giving him the attention he deserves.

Trina said...

Love this - you are amazing and so is Alexander. He does have friends - he has you. We need to realize that everyone has a story and not to judge others because they seem different than us. I bet we are more similar to Alexander than we think.

Emz said...

Thank you for posting this. I'll be sharing it with my kids. So very beautiful.

Ckrusch said...

What a beautiful story!

ginabad said...

Beautiful and so inspiring! Happy birthday Alexander.
gina b

photowannabe said...

Happy Birthday Alexander!
No matter the decorated outside, it's the inside that matters.
Thanks for befriending him.

Carrie said...

You are amazing and perceptive. I wish more of us could see like you do.

Heather said...

Love this! Happy, happy birthday to Alexander!

Skeller said...

I can't help but think that you hear the most interesting stories because you ask the very best questions. and you care. and people can totally tell.

Gigi said...

Alexander is so very lucky to have you as a friend. Happy Birthday to this very important man.

M said...

So sad that some people begin life with someone who doesn't know how to be a parent.
Thanks for sharing his story!

Tonya said...

You must have a beautiful heart. Wonderful story.

SarahinSC said...

I think it's been months since I've commented on anyone's blog posts. Becky, the world needs more people like you. This, and you, and Alexander are beautiful!

Cindy said...

You inspire me.

Laurie Matherne said...

I am glad you are Alexander's friend. Yesterday, I saw three children begging near my home in a busy street, while it was raining. It was so dangerous to be running in between cars during a rainstorm, just to gather enough change to eat. Don't you hate injustice?

mamamia said...

wow, Rebeckah, that was beautiful. You are beautiful. Such a great story.

Julie Livermore said...

Incredible! What a beautiful person.