Thursday, November 26, 2009


Guy walks into my shop ten minutes ago crying.
Guy tells horrible story about his car being vandalized, tires stolen etc etc, cops came whole nine yards.
More terrible stories about having to pick his daughter up in Mississauga and needing directions. More tears.
Guy tells me his life story and where he works, offers to wash and blow dry my hair for life if I can loan him 20 bucks to go and come back.
I do it without any intention of ever getting my hair done.
Guy leaves with twenty.

Am I completely naive? I could have taken his phone number, address, drivers license. But I didn't.
Am I so desperate for people to prove their humanity? Am I so determined to not let myself become one of those people who would turn a crying and desperate man away?
Would you turn him away?
Did he see the sympathy in my face and totally take advantage of me? He assures me he will be back by noon tomorrow when he takes his break from hair styling.
Do I let the outcome of this determine my faith in humanity? Did I do this to teach myself a lesson, knowing full well I would never see my money again?
I think I did it because I believed him and I wanted to help. I hope I'm right because I don't want to stop believing in people.

In other news, it was a good day here at Coriander Girl. Jacques came with his beautiful truck of flowers and I danced down the aisles once again to some really up beat latin music. I think Jacques needs a jacuzzi tub and a wet bar!
I'm loving the flowers I chose. My fridge is bursting with beauty. Maybe this is why I wanted to believe the crying man. Because I feel so fortunate, I couldn't possibly turn him away.
Have a wonderful night dear readers.
Alison xo


Avery said...


I am very sorry to say that the exact same thing happened to me with the exact same man and he had the exact story.

I really believed him too. It was actually this summer. I've seen him around the neighborhood since.

I really like to believe in people too, but things like this still happen.

t. said...

Don't ever change, noodle. It is people like you that make this world a better place. Just remember, what goes around, comes around. Never change who you are because of others.

PS. What a jerk head.

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