Dear Forum members and friends
Ok the situation is the following: I am currently visiting with my parents over Christmas; leaving again on Monday. I have moved to another country, where I live from street music and I live a quite frugal life I would say. More or less by choice, but also because I have a lot of expenses and am finally standing on my own legs.
The flight to visit them was a gift from my parents for my round birthday earlier this month :).
Ok, so, when I lived here before, sometimes I talked to a homeless man who seems to have a little bit psychiatric problems. I remember helping him get a military sleeping bag from a soup kitchen :). I was sometimes worried about him being too cold her ein winter; but then some people at a place where he often goes for lunch told me not to worry about him, people in the neighborhood are looking out for him and when it got really cold some time he knew by himself to find his way to the Salvation Army and sleep there.
Today I saw him. Under two blankets (I think the one was still the sleeping bag from that time? Maybe the zipper doesn’t work anymore? Don’t know.) I said hi and we talked just quickly, because I wanted to warn him as they are predicting extremely cold weather starting on Sunday. Might get down to the low teens in Fahrenheit. He kind of just laughed it off, said he surely wouldn’t freeze to death.
Today he was only wearing his sweater using his jacket as a pillow so he couldn’t have been too cold. But it isn’t even below freezing yet right now.
So. My question. I warned him. I know he has possibilities. I am only visiting here and leaving again Monday afternoon.
Giving money is pretty much out of the question because of my own situation.
I do have a thin sleeping bag but that I will take with me where I am going, as I will be staying in a room that I am not sure can be heated overnight, and even though it is warmer there, it might get below freezing there too.
I do have another blanked that I bought years ago while camping; and it is my favorite, so soft and nice, and my Mom had washed it for me. Not using it right now but not sure might I need it even isnide as a second one, as I must be careful with some health things so as to not get sick when I will have to play music in the cold again… I am wondering should I give it to him that he has three, but then I feel sorry for my Mom who has washed it extra for me so it is clean, plus maybe it wouldn’t make much of a difference to have a third one, or maybe somebody there will help him out anyway and then I’d just feel sorry for the nice blanket.
But I don’t want him to die, so this is a really difficult situation.
A part of me tells me that I have enough of my own problems to worry about, how I will keep MYSELF warm, thin and cold-sensitive lady that I am, and to use this time to have quality time with my parents and not try to find out whether or not a man, of whom you have been told that he is being cared for, has enough blankets…but the other part tells me well but you won’t be sleeping OUTSIDE and maybe he might die?
Just wondering about opinions here.
Moral opinions, I mean.