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    Posted July 9, 2014 by
    BQueen1
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    Off into the sun..set? Not really, Homeless and on the road..

     
    I have been encountering these particular groups of homeless young people for over a year now in Coney Island. It seems Coney Island is kinder than most places during the summer.
    In the first photo, the young girl woke up as I sat down on the benches near to where they were staying under shelter, in the shade on the beach. As soon as she woke up disoriented and shocked the young guy in the picture came to her aid with an Arizona Ice Tea beverage. She smoked a cigarette, cried a little and then they took a walk. The rest of the crew were sleeping in spite of crowds coming into Coney but not too bad in this location.
    I could see the young girl was distressed, she appeared not yet 20, although I could be wrong, and the guy came right over to her to comfort. He seemed well, healthier, almost as if he came from a good upstanding family but decided to depart for a while. None of this I am sure about, just my take. These kids never a rude or nasty, they are polite and innocent. I'm sorry that is the way I feel. For the most part, they are lost. I know about this and I could sense it.. Not all, but when you talk to them you get a different perspective sometimes from what you have formed in your mind.
    Having been homeless, ummm..on the road, I kind of get the drift. I'm OK now. Writing another book about it, well sort of.
    The young woman in photo #4 told me the day of the Mermaid Parade, that they actually found a house to live in that they are sharing with others. I asked her why she looked so clean and so she told me, "I can shower now, we have a house. In fact I shower five times a day. I don't like that feeling of being dirty anymore. It makes me depressed."
    She was very sweet to talk to, married to one of the guys not in a photo. And the dog is hers. She says they take very good care of her and she appeared healthy happy and relaxed, dedicated to them. That is what I love about animals.
    The last photo is of two traveling musicians. Actually when they played a folk song, as they played for tips, I was so impressed, if I were an agent I'd have signed them. The singer sounded like Woody Guthrie. Little did he know, when I told him that they were performing a block away form where the famous folk singer, writer, grew up..
    I hope they all find their way, solve their issues, get whatever help is needed. It's not easy being "On the Road, " these days, or was it ever??
    These concerns come up because I am writing a book influenced by the girl in #4, who reminds me of me. Little does she know, and knowing her the short while I did, she wouldn't mind being my character..
    I do not judge these young people because there are often many underlying problems other than what is on the surface, "So there but for the grace of God go I."
    Thank you.
    July 9, 21014.

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