Friday, December 26, 2008

Tough Times...Living at the Beach (Seriously)

Today I took the pups back to Fort Funston. We arrived at 7 am. It was just us today. The purpose for this post is not to talk about the beach walk (although it was truly lovely) but to remind me how lucky I am to have a home, job and nourishment. When we were on our walk yesterday, we came upon a fir tree that was decorated with obviously hand-made ornaments. About 50 feet away was an encampment with a tent and fire pit. I remember thinking that the sight of this tree and the tent was somewhat bittersweet. I had intended to mention it on my blog entry yesterday but got caught up in my own life's minutia and didn't. So today, while we were on our walk, I was reminded of this again because there was a fire going which I presume was to keep these folks warm. I had heard that the tent was where a family was staying. Well, obviously the parents wanted to give the kids a somewhat normal Christmas by decorating a tree for them. I was touched by that as well as somewhat saddened. I can't imagine how hard it must be to be a parent, have your family be homeless and still try to make Christmas "normal". I sure wish there was a way that everyone could have what they needed. Naive...I know.

5 comments:

savvydad said...

We stopped and talk to that family a week ago. They were very nice people and very friendly to our dogs. They said they were staying through the 2nd before heading to Pismo Beach area. Its a nice spot minus bad weather and the hike for food. I would definitely be willing to help them out if they needed/wanted it.

Pam Lambros said...

I thought about helping...I may bring a care package to them before they leave.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Wow, so sad.

Tony said...

Hard times for them... So Sad

Hey!!! Fort Funston!!! that's Flat Tony's beach are you sure it's not his camp, maybe he loved that beach so much he wanted to stay forever

Pam Lambros said...

Hi Tony-I do think Flat Tony showed them the best spot. :-)