I was a little annoyed today when I went to the staff kitchen and discovered that there was no bread left. So I couldn’t make my specialty lunch: jam on toast. I absolutely HATE buying take away at work, so I reluctantly made the decision to get Subway. But first, of course, like all habits, I pulled out the food I had saved in my bag for my friend in the park, heated it up and took it over to his bench. He wasn’t there, so I placed it on top of his neatly folded sleeping bag (yes, he makes his bed after he wakes up. How cute is that??).
Anyway, on the walk up to Subway, I saw him approaching me and I yelled out “HEY!”, I thought he might just give me a weird look and continue on with his life, but instead he stopped and talked to me for about 10 minutes. I told him I left him some food on his sleeping bag and he said “what you do for me this week, it really help me. Thank you so much”. He told me his name was Vajim….And then we chatted for a bit and he asked me if I was married, to which I responded, “yeah, sorry!” and he said “oh, damn it!” and then we laughed and I went up to Subway.
I went to my normal seat in the sun and I was heavily involved in my Tiny Fey book when I looked up and saw Vajim hovering near me. I motioned for him to come over and his face lit up like a kid at Christmas. Then I lent him my ear as he talked absolute nonsense for approximately 14 minutes. I would have stayed longer but I had to go back to work. As I anticipated the time turning to 2pm, I told him that regretfully I had to go, but we could talk tomorrow. And then he said one of the most depressing things I’ve ever hear.. he said “You don’t have to bring me food anymore, I just want to talk to you for like, 15 minutes a day. I just want someone to talk to”.
I said “Vajim, of course! We can talk for a whole hour on my lunch break tomorrow” and he smiled and said excitedly “ok, so I see you tomorrow?”. He hesistated.. I don’t think he believes I’ll come back tomorrow. He probably thinks he scared me off with his 14 minute rant about his entire life…But I wasn’t scared. Only more intrigued. See you tomorrow, Vajim.