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The nicest thing

Every morning, I come in to work and greet the queue of people waiting for their turn to clean themselves.  Most of them have been waiting in line since about 07h00 for the gates to open.  We used to offer showers, and now we do bucket washes, in line with the Cape Town water restrictions.

It reminds me to be grateful for the things we often take for granted (because we do all have to be reminded sometimes).

The people in line have become used to me, and are much happier to chat with me a bit, because they have seen me regularly and so I’ve begun chatting with them.   My purpose (and I explain this to them whenever I ask permission to film them for YouTube) is to help you to understand a little more about the people who live on the street.  To help you realise that, apart from circumstance, there are so many similarities in our dreams, desires, and so on.

If you have any honest (but respectful) questions that you’d like me to ask, comment below.

Abdul was sitting in queue for the showers when I invited people to chat with me.  I asked Abdul “What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you”.  I expected him to talk about something in his childhood, or about something his wife had done for him, but the answer I received was unexpected, and really touching.  Watch his short interview here:

 

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