A night after work on the streets came with passing out new Bibles. One in particular had a pink leather cover, and a man with a gray beard, a sturdy sort of guy with muscles eyed the Bible. He was on his way to the chapel for mid-week services after eating at the shelter, lingering by my trunk.
I shook my head, “But this Bible’s pink. See, you might want another color.” I opened the box and let the “color of perfection” (Yes, pink is a color I love) burst from the binder.
He smiled, “But it’s a giant print Bible. I can read the words.”
His concern with the color didn’t even arise, he only saw how the verses might pop in clarity for him. Thus, he left with the Bible and went to church.
This was a highlight for me that night along with the other “colors of perfection” when the Lord allowed hearts to connect on the street for more than an hour at the library parking lot.
A couple of homeless friends lingered and laughed, and their friendship bonded with my heart. With my life.
It happened when Tony and Randy, who live in the camps shared snippets from cartoon trivia from their childhood. Now Cindy and Holly (my crazy other friends with me) knew exactly who these characters were, since they apparently watched too many cartoons as children.
I, on the other hand, had no idea. I was in for a night of lessons about Big Bird. who really IS a BIG bird. Did you know, he sings, “Who are the people in your neighborhood?”
Oscar the Grouch lives in a trash can and Tony said that he was his first homeless friend. I didn’t get what he meant (as he laughed like the joke was on me, which is was) and they all explained (at the same moment) to me about Oscar being homeless.
I then learned that Elmo is red, Cookie Monster is blue, Burt and Ernie are roommates, and Ernie likes to sing about his bath toy (a rubber duck).
I also learned that Eeyore doesn’t have much of a tail, but he’s kind of attached to it.
At every turn, Holly and Cindy would share the same memories with duet/mimicked quotes for each cartoon character we discussed. Even Tony enjoyed reliving those moments, while Randy quietly told me, “He doesn’t leave out any details.”
I’d go on to learn that when you talk about Thumper, everyone taps their foot. The five of us tapped our feet while I shouted hello to someone walking down the street. That guy simply stared at me.
Foghorn Leghorn is a giant rooster with a southern drawl, and Elmer Fudd carries a shotgun (‘shhh … we’re hunting wabbit’ … a skill, I do not possess).
Evidently, ‘Chicken of the Sea’ is NOT chicken, but tuna in disguise. And I know, he’s not even a cartoon character. I think they were simply testing how much trivia I didn’t know.
I seem to have a little catching up to do. But, I DO know who Bugs Bunny is … that should count for something!!!
So a little street ministry ended up with a lesson for me too. I must learn my cartoon characters … and I must keep watch for any chance to be a friend. In a parking lot. Watching cartoons. In a field. At a camp. Or even when tapping my foot!
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”