There was an old beggar down the street, wearing his rugged and patched clothes sneezing as if he has sinus infection. He looked worn out and filthy. A well-dressed woman passed by him but never seemed to look down on where he sat down. She gracefully swung her hands while walking on heading to her fashion boutique situated nearby. The smell of her expensive perfume never seemed to let her notice the foul smell of the beggar she passed by.
A young man passed by the beggar carrying on his right hand the latest cellphone he just bought. The beggar called out for him for a penny, but he was busy talking to his client over the phone setting up a meeting.
A car stopped beside the street where the beggar is sitting, honking it’s horn for it can’t park on its parking lot because a child passing blocked its way in. A middle-aged man went down from the car with his suitcase at hand. He had his bodyguards following him. The beggar was about to follow him asking for help when a bodyguard stood by him to stop him.
A painter carrying a box filled with paints, brushes and some stuff used to paint walked along where the beggar was. He walked the fastest to get his project done the fastest. He accidentally dropped a brush and got it back on the box without paying attention to the beggar.
A teacher passed by the street with plenty of things on her mind preparing for the class lessons she will be doing today. Familiarizing the lessons while walking ahead to the school. She had in mind the students she will be assigning for the reporting of a certain topic. Besides the fact that her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She never noticed the beggar.
A seven year old child held hands with his mother noticed the beggar from afar. He had kept a coin from his pocket from yesterday. He should be saving a coin everyday to buy his mother a card on her birthday. He looked at the old man’s clothes and have seen how dirty and worn out it is. He saw the wrinkles and the sadness on his face. As he went nearer he pitied the beggar and gave the coin he saved to him. The beggar smiled as he dropped a coin on his container.
The fashion model wore high heels that she never have seen the beggar sat down, the young man should be listening attentively to the one he is talking to ever the phone that he never heard the beggar, the middle-aged man was blocked by his bodyguard that he never heard the beggar called, a painter could have painted the misery of life the beggar is having and the teacher could have taught the students on helping the beggars. The child must have been too little to notice the beggar from afar.
Many of us in different situations in life somehow passed through a beggar down the street, should we be too busy with our daily routines that we never gave a brief stop and give a coin for a smile? The child gave his coin but that’s all he got.