Reblogged from the Jack Lockwood Diaries:
“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back…”
“Thanks,” I told the woman who was sitting in the shop doorway, a cheap sleeping bag crushed up beneath her.
“It’s an old Irish blessing,” she went on, giving a beautiful smile that lit up her unwashed face below the scruffy uncombed hair. “In other words: Be lucky.”
“Sure, don’t be thanking me, ’tis I should be thanking you.”
I didn’t need her blessing, for right now, luck was the one thing I seemed to have in abundance.
In fact it seemed as if my life just couldn’t get any better.
Three years ago I had come to the big city and I had made it big. I had a really good job with a prosperous PR agency, and my recent pay rise had allowed me to get a mortgage for a lovely flat not far from here. A flat that I shared with my girlfriend, Carrie, who was by anyone’s standards much higher up in the beauty stakes than I was. Indeed I had overheard someone muttering about me, grudgingly saying, “That ugly bastard John is really punching above his weight with a classy beautiful girl like that.”
Walking to work this morning I’d come across the girl. She was crying to herself. I passed her once, then walked back, for seeing how upset she was, was breaking my heart. This woman was about my own age, yet she was clearly destitute, sleeping rough, while I had everything I wanted in life. For a moment I couldn’t believe how unfair life was. I had a decent life, surely she deserved to have the same? What’s more, there was something familiar about her face, but I couldn’t work out what it was.
When I returned she was dabbing at her face with a tissue, but the look of sadness in her eyes when she looked up at me pierced me to the heart.
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