abc18melodyABC-Wednesday by Mrs. Nesbitt

Ronde-Round: 18

Letter: V

(94e/th sinds/since 28-08-14 / 15-G)


Hello and good morning, -afternoon, -evening, dear people who all participate is this wonderful photomeme, which is a joy to me, week after week, after week. I’m always curious to what you come up with!

The challenging letter of this week is the and i’ve chosen the word:  Vagabond

I haven’t seen vagabonds very very rarely. I know of their existance ofcourse but still. This person I saw whilst I visited Berlin in Germany. Sights like these always make me feel a little sad, I wonder how I would feel if I were in such a position, if I had to live my life like this.  I’ve heard stories of vagabonds who chose this way of life but I don’t really know if that is true or not.
What ever the case it with this person… I am gratefull to have a roof above my head, food on the table as often as I want, a family surrounding me, having very dear friends and lots of people around how I know wich are a part, as little or great does not matter, of my life.

To be honest, I walk around this person in a very wide angle. Slightly hidden, feeling ashamed too, I took this photo. I really don’t know how to behave properly towards someone like this. Do I reach out to help, does someone like this appreciate that? I really don’t know.

What about you?

Have a nice ABC-Wednesday-day / – week
♫ M e l o d y ♫ (ABC-W-team)

Hallo en goede-morgen / – middag / – avond beste deelnemers in deze mooi foto-uitdaging, waar ik week na week na week iedere keer weer veel plezier beleef.Altijd weer heel benieuwd naar waar jullie mee zullen gaan komen.

De uitdagende letter van deze week is de letter V en ik koos voor het woord: Vagebond

Ik heb tot op heden amper een vagebond gezien. Natuurlijk weet ik van hun bestaan af, maar toch. Deze persoon zag ik tijdens een trip naar Berlijn.  De aanblik stemde me ietwat verdrietig en ik vroeg me af hoe ik me zou voelen als ik me in zo’n positie zou bevinden, als ik mijn leven moest leven op deze manier. Ik heb verhalen gehoord over zulke mensen die deze levenswijze verkozen maar of dat ook werkelijk zo is weet ik echt niet, kan het me ook niet zo goed voorstellen moet ik bekennen.

De aanblik van deze persoon stemde me ook gelijk erg dankbaar. Ik heb een dak boven mijn hoofd, kan eten op de tafel hebben zo vaak als ik maar zou willen, heb een gezin om me heen, een aantal zeer dierbare vrienden en vele kennissen die, ongeacht hoe klein of groot, een deel van mijn leven uitmaken.

Ik ben met een boog eromheen gelopen daar in Berlijn, op veilige en enigszins verholen afstand deze foto gemaakt, ergens voelde ik nog schaamte ook. Ik weet echt niet wat ik nou het beste zou moeten/kunnen doen in zo’n situatie… kan ik helpen, wil die mens dat eigenlijk wel, ik weet het niet.

Wat vind jij?

Wens je een fijne ABC-Wednesday-dag / – week.
♫ M e l o d y ♫ (ABC-W-team)

41 Hartenluchtjes op “18-V

  1. Helemaal vrijwillig zal het nooit zijn ook al kiezen sommige er voor om geen verplichtingen meer te hebben omdat ze in een grote neergaande spiraal terecht kwamen. Om ze bijv. uit “hulp circuit” willen (wat ook vaak ellende is) , dán zou je het misschien een keuze kunnen noemen.

    1. Ik ben inderdaad geneigd ook van die mening toegedaan te zijn….ik vergeet echter niet dat in mijn begintijd bij de bank, en nog ruim voordat pinautomaten bestonden… 1x in de maand een ‘zwerver’ bij ons het kaskantoor binnenwandelde om een x-bedrag op te halen…. we noemden hem toen Catweazle… en die had meer geld op zijn rekening staan dan een ‘normaal’ mens ooit zou kunnen opmaken… Hij bezat meerdere huizen en heel veel grond maar leefde wel op de straat…
      Ik vermoed zo maar dat Vadertje Staat niet heel erg verdrietig is geweest toen zij van zijn sterven vernamen…

      Eh ja veel van de ‘hulp-circuits’ hebben in oorsprong wel de juiste intentie maar heel vaak komt de hulpvrager er belabberder uit dan dat hij erin ging… triest!!

  2. It is so sad, isn’t it? But you know we have people like this here, too, and at one time a group of about 3 homeless people who were hanging around our village were given a place to sleep and where they could eat. But they preferred to live on the streets! They came back! I can’t imagine why they would do that – it gets so cold in winter, they don’t bathe, and they just hang around looking for handouts. They must be ill.

    abcw team

    1. Yes it is Leslie.

      But like me, you also know, that there are people all over the world who have very strange ideas to live by… things we probably never will be able to understand because it’s so totally different from how we live, and what our ‘standards’ are.

      For instance.. I have always refused to take a handout, although I had every right to ask for it…. unemployement-money from our social services… for example. I have been brought up in the standard: “no work, no money”… for me that still is a golden rule… so i do work to support myself… and I am gratefull to have a husband with an income ofcourse.

      I think that no matter how great the unemployment in a country is… for those who really want to, there is plenty of work.

  3. In Amsterdam zag ik ze vaker dan hier.
    Ik vind het ook moeilijk te geloven dat je zelf voor zo’n leven kiest maar het schijn toch echt voor te komen.

  4. I don’t give to Beggars but I do give to Shelter and the Salvation Army as i do
    know it will go to the right people not lining the pockets of ‘professional beggars’
    and villains!

    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  5. I live in a small town and the only Vagabonds we seem to have are those who arrive in Caravans. Or hippy types from Eastern Canada who choose to spend the summer months in our lovely climate, beside our lovely river. l I am not sure what they look like at home, but here….there is a distinct lack of cleanliness and most have ‘dreadlocks’ which does away with any hair care! They occupy the library where there is free internet available and towards the middle of summer the air is heavy with unwashed bodies, – oh, I have little empathy for them, – I am sure they are not looking for ‘sympathy’. Didn’t really mean to rant, but I don’t think they qualify as the type of Vagabond you are describing, Melody.

    1. Hi Hildred… just rant aqay 😉

      Dreadlocks are overhere not common on vagabonds… but the rest of what you wrote is correct, the smell, the behaviour… not my type of person..

  6. Thanks for each week visiting me, Melody!
    Unfortunately when we lived in Los Angeles I have seen too many of them. Also, people with signs on the side of the road “Please help. I need food” The down side of it, is that it has become so common that some take advantage of it, and make their living that way!
    The most heard complaint of homeless people is that they are not “seen” -they feel that people ignore them- and like to be greeted or talked to, like to people who do have a house. Since hubby, because of his job did all the daily traveling, he knows that people are very thankful when taking them to a MacDonalds or other fast food store and buy them a hamburger.

    1. you’re welcome Jesh!

      Like everything else, they also have stories on both sides…

      I don’t know what I would do if I were to meet one… I ‘never’ meet them …

      I can imagina that very well… fastfoodrestaurants aren’t here that much either

  7. Ik vraag me altijd af hoe het zover heeft kunnen komen. Hoe hulpeloos iemand kan zijn om te gaan zwerven.
    En misschien hebben ze hier voor gekozen, maar daar kom je bijna nooit achter.

    Mooie invulling
    Fijne avond
    Liefssssssssssssss -X-

    1. Indeed Ewok…we think of it as beeing sad but I can’t help wondering is someone in this position feels the same way about it

  8. As a child, I remember a song that made being a vagabond a romantic notion. The person in your photo would be called a person living on the streets- definitely not a romantic idea. I’ve not seen such a scene as this, but then I seldom walk beyond my neighborhood. It seems to be a condition most people don’t want to talk about.

    1. yes i remember somethink like that to, can’t think of the right song but I know it.

      This was my first real encounter with one to, during a short holiday in Germany

      I think you are right..

  9. A common sight in many public places in India. Life is tough. Yes, seeing such things does make one grateful for what one has, but perhaps also important to remember that material prosperity isn’t always the cure for everything. Sometimes that in itself leads to much misery in life. In any case, who knows what brought a person like the one in this photo to such a state.

    1. I agree with you Beloo Mehra.. I can’t say I’ve met people in this situation oft, just this once but indeed those thoughts came and come to my mind also.

      One can really never know but it always makes me a little sad and gratefull at the same time.

  10. Mooie foto van een trieste situatie.
    Je zou willen helpen maar het is maar de vraag of dat lukt.
    Er zit altijd een verhaal achter mensen. Achter deze zeker.
    Maar mensen worden pas geholpen als ze dat zelf willen.
    Er zijn sociale instanties waar ze zo heen kunnen.
    Je zou ze eventueel de weg kunnen wijzen.

  11. Dank je wel.

    Je 3e regel zegt het al…. je wilt wel helpen maar tegelijkertijd wil je je ook niet opdringen….wat is wijsheid hè?

    Dat kan, als je zelf de weg weet…. in dit geval dus niet want dit was de 1e keer dat ik zo iets zag en ik was zelf in een vreemde stad (Berlijn) …

  12. Sometimes people’s life spirals out of control and of course there are people with mental health problems that should be treated but with government cutbacks they are left to their own devices. Thank goodness for the Salvation Army that at least give them a hot meal.

  13. Indeed Joy is does!

    Thankfully overhere in The Netherlands, despite of the many cutbacks here also, health-insurance is an aboligation for every person who lives here. So nobody has to try to survive without that help…the salvation army is here active to ofcourse and they do good work.

    I am one of those people with many health issues so I know by own experience how important it is to be able to get help. I would have been gone for long time if I hadn’t had that help. Still getting it because I can’t live without.

  14. I thank God daily for the blessings of a home and bed and food, it must be so hard plus depressing to live this way. I’ve heard just to give them something to eat but not money. Our church has a huge outreach to the homeless and a dedicated staff.


    1. Me too Ann!

      Overhere in the city where I live there are very few but churches around here try to help as best as they can.

    1. That is very sad indeed….i agree ….

      Thankfully I never see them here ….this photo was taken during in trip in Germany

    1. Overhere I never meet any of them…. but like you I help through donating things to those who can really help the needy.

    1. Indeed one can… and I am thankfull that in our city there are none or at least so few that I never see them

  15. I generally walk around, too. I would rather support local shelters and missions in the downtown area of Seattle where you see many scenes like this. Our church takes a hot meal for up to 100 homeless downtown on Thursday nights. Some have made this a way of life that they aren’t interested in changing. Others are open to a new way to live.

    1. I did too… some years ago when I went on a trip to Germany…. at the age of 51, it was my first real encounter with someone in this position…. and yet, it scared me, it worried me … I didn’t know what the proper way to act was so I walked away, I still don’t know it I did the right or the wrong thing.

      The fact that I know so little about this, never get confronted with it makes it hard to know what to do but on the other hand, I help the needed by donating money/items to ‘good will – organisations”.

  16. Many who live on the streets have mental illness or addiction and have been turned away from hospitals or rejected by their families. Sad.

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