Joan’s Journey: Life’s Lessons Expand Baltimore Bucket List

Joan London Eating a Hot Dog - December 2013I feel good! I feel really good! Welcome Joan’s Journeyer’s. Since my return from the West Coast and senior house-hunting, I’ve had two life-altering experiences that have caused me to rethink the second item of my Baltimore Bucket List.

We last dialogued while I was en-route back home to Baltimore from Southern California. As I waited at baggage claim for my luggage, I received a call from my friend, who was parked at a remote airport lot waiting to drive me home, informing me he couldn’t start his car.

A skycap nearby overheard the conversation and suggested that we notify Airport Security for assistance. The skycap was from Liberia, West Africa, where he and his family suffered decades of civil war, starvation, deprivation and death to his parents. From a refugee camp he received asylum to the United States. He came to Baltimore because he has family living in the city and he was able to find work. He worked tirelessly, saving money to successfully bring his wife and children to Baltimore.

As we waited, I became thirsty. I spotted a vending machine and asked this kind man if he would take my $20 bill and buy a bottle of water for me, and one for himself. He returned with one bottle of water, which he handed to me, along with my $20. He said the machine would not accept large bills, and he used $2 of his tip money for my water. As for his water, he would wait until he returned home. I had no smaller bills, and he would not accept the $20.

The skycap commented, “I have known thirst and I have known hunger. It is my honor to give water to a thirsty person.”

Joan’s Journeyers, my Bucket List lesson happened on my native soil as I continue to follow the path toward senior housing. Baltimore Bucket List Item #2 is officially revised to read “Appreciate Family, Friends and Strangers.

SeniorHomes.com and I would like to know what life lessons you have learned along your pathways. What action, if any, would you take if a thirsty stranger didn’t have money to purchase a bottle of water or buy food for hungry children? No answer is right or wrong.

Please share your comments in the Comment Section below.

Joan London is a freelance medical and social service writer who plans to relocate from Baltimore to a senior housing community close to her children in Southern California. 

To read the rest of Joan’s post, view “Part 17: Life’s Lessons Expand Baltimore Bucket List“ of Joan’s Journey: the Search for Senior Housing.

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