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Life of a Homeless Writer: Week Two

Nathan Donkor

Posted on November 4, 2018 13:06

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A quick look into the life of a homeless writer in his second week of living out on the streets...

So, in week two of my homelessness, I feverishly submitted resumes everywhere, from remote jobs online to physical jobs in my area, in the hopes of landing a job that would at least provide me a little income. To my disappointment, I rarely received a reply and when I did, it was usually an automated message informing me that they were going with more qualified candidates.

Meanwhile, I did what I could to pass the time: sweeping the floor of the local donut shop, passing out flyers, or bringing trash cans to the curb for all the businesses in the area -- none of which I was paid for. However, the donut shop owner was kind enough to give me free donuts and bottles of water for every day I came into the shop -- being that he knew my plight, and naturally, no money to buy food. I must admit that if it wasn't for him, I probably would have starved.

Since I've been homeless, I've chosen to stay close to the library (since I had nothing else better to do) and from nine in the morning to nine at night, I would either be on the computer or mingling with the librarians.

The mingling eventually led to me being invited to a black tie event one Friday night for the who's who of my area -- even though all I had was the same pair of jeans, shirt, and shoes that I had been wearing since I became homeless.

Honestly, I was a little embarrassed to be in the same room with doctors, lawyers, and reporters in my attire; causing me to vacate the party early and sit outside the library as I watched everyone enter and leave.

It was this night that I was introduced to a kind old lady named Ms. Essa, who for no reason at all, began to strike up a conversation with me.  I told her of my plight and we soon became good friends. Now, she calls every other day to check up on me and take me out to lunch -- all out of the kindness of her heart. She and the donut shop owner have definitely been two pillars of strength during my time out here on the streets, which hasn't necessarily been easy.

Later that week, it began to rain profusely in our town -- sometimes all day and night, making things very wet and uncomfortable in my sleeping bag. Not to mention, that we're still dealing with temperatures of 29 degrees and below in my area, which are certainly the optimal conditions for catching a cold. Luckily (and by the grace of God), I have yet to catch a bad case of sniffles and have been reasonably healthy during my time outside -- surprising everyone, including myself.

Recently, the library posted an open employment position on their website and thanks to all of my interactions with the current library staff, there may be a chance that I could get the job. Keeping my fingers crossed...

 

 

Nathan Donkor

Posted on November 4, 2018 13:06

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