$5 Bill

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A few years ago I had managed to screw up my life so badly that I found myself without a home and without hope. I’m ashamed to admit it, but even then I was so absorbed by my own self-pity that all I could think of was begging enough money to buy the cheapest drink I could find. One day I was sitting in front of a store panhandling when a woman walked by with a small boy in tow. She ignored my pitch and hurried away. As I watched them go down the sidewalk the small boy broke free and came running back. He stood in front of me, fumbling in his coat pocket; he pulled out a five-dollar bill that was almost certainly more money than he had ever held before, and handed it to me. I was completely dumbstruck and just sat there staring at him with the money in my hand. By then his mother had returned and with tears in her eyes gently led the boy away. He turned back once to wave and they were gone. I don’t know how long I sat there, but I have not had another drink since then.

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About Steve Rebus

Christian, Blind photographer, husband, plays guitar and drums. Loves researching accessible apps and technology.

8 Responses to “$5 Bill”

  1. Wow, that is powerful!

  2. Thanks for the like, Steve. And the inspirational post.

  3. One never knows what a random act of kindness does to another person. Homeless folks are used to being seen as a pile of … on the sidewalk, something to avoid getting on our shoes. When we look them in the eye and engage them in conversation, we tell them they have value as a person. Not easy to do!

    Thanks for sharing this story. I wanna be like the boy! 🙂

    \o/

  4. The eyes of children are most pure, and their actions so selfless and powerful.
    One day he’ll know the impact his $5 had on you, and you’ll rejoice together.
    What a lovely and encouraging story!

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