Being Homeless

August 5, 2020 at 9:21 am 45 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 7 Auguest 2020

Jennifer Pendergast
Photo Credit: Jennifer Pendergast

 
It was tough being homeless living along railroad tracks. For one, Kyle had struggled to practice good health habits like washing his hands before eating.

It was the coronavirus pandemic that made him pay attention to personal hygiene. But it didn’t help as far as eating was concerned. While washing hands was no longer an issue, it was the eating itself that became the problem.

Due to the pandemic, restaurants that used to give him leftovers destined to be thrown away had been shutdown. As a result, with clean hands and all that, Kyle found himself starving. Such is life.

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  • 1. Iain Kelly  |  August 5, 2020 at 9:56 am

    The ripples of the pandemic are creeping further and further, with many unseen consequences.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  August 5, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      iain:

      the pandemic doesn’t discriminate. if affects as all.

      Reply
  • 3. granonine  |  August 5, 2020 at 11:00 am

    The irony of our urgent need to be sanitary. All kinds of places such a need can lead to. Good one 🙂

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    • 4. plaridel  |  August 5, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      linda:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 5. Gabriella  |  August 5, 2020 at 11:33 am

    This is certainly not an aspect of living during the pandemic that I had considered. Thank you for making me more aware.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  August 5, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      gabriella:

      it’s been especially tough for the homeless for sure.

      Reply
  • 7. msjadeli  |  August 5, 2020 at 11:57 am

    You brought Kyle’s world to life here. So horrible to think this is happening as it probably is 😦

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    • 8. plaridel  |  August 5, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      msjadeli:

      when i take the subway train, i see homeless encampments near railroad tracks. the pandemic must have made their living conditions more miserable.

      Reply
      • 9. msjadeli  |  August 5, 2020 at 6:20 pm

        😦 Sadly I never considered that aspect of covid shutting restaurants down. My mom used to tell us kids when we saw a person who was suffering in some way, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

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        • 10. plaridel  |  August 6, 2020 at 9:07 am

          msjadeli:

          homeless folks go at the back of restaurants at closing time for extra food.

          Reply
  • 11. Dale  |  August 5, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    A sad story that is a reality for many, I am sure. Well done.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  August 5, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      dale:

      sad to say, i’m afraid so.

      Reply
  • 13. justjoyfulness  |  August 6, 2020 at 1:55 am

    I had never thought of that aspect before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Very perceptive!

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    • 14. plaridel  |  August 6, 2020 at 9:06 am

      justjoyfulness:

      a lot of things do happen behind the scenes.

      Reply
  • 15. rochellewisoff  |  August 6, 2020 at 2:27 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Poor guy. Sad reality for some, I fear. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 16. plaridel  |  August 6, 2020 at 9:06 am

      rochelle:

      hopefully, the pandemic will end soon.

      Reply
  • 17. James Pyles  |  August 6, 2020 at 4:05 am

    I too chose to write a COVID story, but mine was even more grim.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  August 6, 2020 at 9:06 am

      james:

      i know it’s really hard to think positive nowadays.

      Reply
      • 19. James Pyles  |  August 6, 2020 at 2:11 pm

        You’ve got that right, pal.

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        • 20. plaridel  |  August 7, 2020 at 8:39 am

          james:

          look on the bright side, this too shall pass.

          Reply
  • 21. Keith's Ramblings  |  August 6, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Another consequence of Covid that few have thought of, me for one.

    Here’s mine!

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    • 22. plaridel  |  August 6, 2020 at 9:05 am

      keith:

      true that.

      Reply
  • 23. draliman  |  August 6, 2020 at 7:40 am

    True, I hadn’t considered that.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  August 6, 2020 at 9:05 am

      draliman:

      i never knew either until i read about the homeless in the local news .

      Reply
  • 25. Bill  |  August 6, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Solid story based on truth. Good read.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  August 7, 2020 at 8:40 am

      bill:

      thank you. your comment is much appreciated.

      Reply
      • 27. Bill  |  August 7, 2020 at 8:46 am

        You’re welcome.

        Reply
  • 28. Liz Young  |  August 6, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Poor Kyle – he’s probably not the only one in that situation.

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    • 29. plaridel  |  August 7, 2020 at 8:40 am

      liz:

      if you care to look, you’ll find many like him.

      Reply
  • 30. siobhan1967  |  August 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Ouch, that ending. He won’t be the only one, I fear.

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    • 31. plaridel  |  August 7, 2020 at 8:39 am

      siobhan:

      regrettably, he’s not alone.

      Reply
  • 32. Na'ama Yehuda  |  August 6, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Ah, he should come to NYC, where there’s food for the hungry. Three meals a day, packed to go, for any who need them. No questions asked. The city has been giving millions of meals away for months now. Great use of my tax money in my view.

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    • 33. plaridel  |  August 7, 2020 at 8:39 am

      na’ama:

      kudos to the mayor. money well-spent.

      Reply
      • 34. Na'ama Yehuda  |  August 7, 2020 at 9:15 am

        Indeed! There are many things I don’t agree with when it comes to the Mayor and/or the Governor, but I have to give them credit where credit’s due.

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        • 35. plaridel  |  August 8, 2020 at 10:25 am

          na’ama:

          when it comes down to it, that’s the best you can do.

          Reply
  • 36. Tannille  |  August 6, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Sad reality.
    It always bugs me that the government has money to squander but there are still people on the streets.

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    • 37. plaridel  |  August 7, 2020 at 8:38 am

      tannille:

      sometimes, it’s by choice. some homeless folks find housing rules too restrictive.

      Reply
  • 38. James McEwan  |  August 8, 2020 at 2:26 am

    There are no upside to being homeless, fate can be such a devil.

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    • 39. plaridel  |  August 8, 2020 at 10:25 am

      james:

      it takes a lot of will power and luck to get out of that rut but nobody should quit trying.

      Reply
  • 40. Norma  |  August 8, 2020 at 8:30 am

    I guess he’s not the only one? Truly said, “.. even with clean hands… himself starving. “

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    • 41. plaridel  |  August 8, 2020 at 10:24 am

      norma:

      he’s only one of the many.

      Reply
  • 42. Eugenia Parrish  |  August 8, 2020 at 9:26 am

    More and more, the little problems are popping up, or rather the problems of the little forgotten people, that in our panicked distraction we just haven’t seen. But holy crap, I never would have thought of this one. I’m glad you did; we need to think about repercussions before we get hit with them (like losing young men like this). Good job.

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    • 43. plaridel  |  August 8, 2020 at 10:24 am

      eugenia:

      i appreciate the thoughtful comment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 44. Sandra  |  August 9, 2020 at 3:03 am

    An ironic tale, totally topical.

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    • 45. plaridel  |  August 11, 2020 at 1:33 pm

      sandra:

      indeed, it was.

      Reply

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