Sunday, November 13, 2011
Flying a Sign
People are trying to get by and find a pathway through the uncertainty. It's hard. Still, an uncertain road through unsettling times offers something within the twists and turns--opportunities for witness, experience, and for offering kindness and help. Neighbors, families, and institutions are coming up with new ways to share, collaborate, extend, and involve themselves in caring for community needs outpacing available resources. As these responders live into the challenges, other responders take an approach of battening down the hatches, circling the wagons, or protecting what we have. These markers are also part of the landscape in "these times".
This was on my mind last week, when Harvey asked me this question: Do you know about flying a sign?"
For some people, its a regular gig. Others fly a sign when they can't find work and run out of money. Some completely make up a story, others write a spin,some tell it just like it is....it is about getting quick money, he says. Usually, you get some.
Driving home after this conversation with Harvey, I paid particular notice to the sign fliers along the way......"out of work", "I have cancer", "Need food", "Iraq vet". Almost all of the signs end with "God Bless You" or "Thanks".