We'll call him Monti (no one knows his real name). I see Monti every Saturday along with two to three of his other homeless friends at one of my delivery stops. When I first started this route, the restaurant was a hot spot in the community. It closed in 2011, leaving these lovely friends behind. Several people from the community and I feed them. I met a gentlemen today that knew a little of Monti's history. Monti had a home when he was a kitten then his family moved without him, leaving him all alone in the driveway.
Soon after another family came along and took him in. During their next move, they too, abandoned him to fend for himself. He soon found some other strays and the restaurant. Food and friends: who needs anything more? The restaurant closed when the owner went bankrupt leaving these friends without dinner or happy hour. Monti is now about 11-13 years old and still a survivor. Many of us have been abandoned by someone we've loved, but in that new space someone always comes around to help us out and give hope -- someone who warms our heart and fills our bellies with love and endless kindness. Tomorrow is always a new day with a new opportunity to reach out to someone who may not be able to voice their needs, but we can still see them. Don't waste that opportunity.