I had it in my mind how the day would go. It went another way.
Storm and I had a good day and did see some people we have not seen in a while, & it was great to say Hello and catch up a bit.
But the day had an event that really stuck in my head. Enough to draw it.
I suggested to Storm that we find an outdoor patio so that I could medicate. Which was badly needed. Young st. was busy - what else is knew... the level of poor was new, to me anyhow. Everything you see in the cartoon is TRUE and more. It was a visual smorgasbord!
The color, the people, the noise were slightly overwhelming as it is but when we finally found an empty patio and had just ordered a coffee, was about to medicate, I heard this strange beeping... you know s sound you know but are not sure where....
I turned to see a woman in a hospital gown, no shoes on her feet... walking towards us - with an IV pole - she was hooked up. The blood backed up into the line connecting to her arm. The machine on the IV pole beeping!
I instantly thought of TIFF and thought it might be some stunt..
She walked right where we were sitting, when an EMT worker pulled up beside her and started to question her. We were sitting right beside her.
He was nice and asked her where she was going, he said she had walked 5 km from a hospital?! 5 km and no one stopped her? No one asked her where she was going or what she was doing. ;( The conversation continued and he expressed concern about the IV Pole stating a few times “it’s worth about $3,000... “ I was thinking - buddy - she is in her hospital gown in the middle of young street attached to an IV POLE do you think she was thinking about the cost?
Well a couple of police cars later... she had slid down the railing where we were sitting almost within touching distance.. she did turn and say “sorry”
I told her she had no need to apologize. I felt bad for her. She was here from Alberta, no family, at a shelter and sick., She had a bad infection and was in the hospital to get better. It is great in this country she can be treated! I get it bout the IV Pole.. but really? What has played on my mind is the fact that he got so far. How sad. :( So many people just ignoring everything. stepping over the poor liek they re trash on the street.
I bet people looked at her when she was not looking and they thought she must be crazy. Who is cray? THOSE who see and do NOTHING are the closest to mad there is. No compassion.
I did not leave, We sat there. I at one point thought the conversation might have gone differently if she were alone. The other officer made a point about asking her is she had been in trouble and also the cost of the Pole.
Then they talked about how they needed bigger cars.
An ambulance finally arrived and she had to go back. Back to where she was so very tired of. I don’t have the answers. Better security at the hospitals?
This cartoon is full of mental illness. Alcohol abuse. Sexual obsession, Shopaholics. The rich and the poor. People together but a great percentage alone. Many on phones. Obese people getting more obese on the takeout Blvd. as they stroll past a woman begging for food.
Everyone in their own world.
WE ARE here TOGETHER! One day that might be you!
What is happening to you Toronto? Not the city I know and loved.
That could easily be someone's sister or mother.
I talked it over with a friend who work in the city and she said “you see so much so often you just learn to turn your head.”
I don’t think that is what Jesus meant when he said ‘Turn the other cheek’.
Forgive us, for we know squat. ;( .
There is a sign of hope in the cartoon. Can you find it?