The Pencil Man

I not too long ago study some thing that emphasised the value and great importance of dignity in a person’s lifetime, and the significance of sharing it normally with our youthful people. It caused me to remember one thing I experienced a lot of yrs back. On Houston Street As a college student heading to […]



I not too long ago study some thing that emphasised the value and great importance of dignity in a person’s lifetime, and the significance of sharing it normally with our youthful people. It caused me to remember one thing I experienced a lot of yrs back.

On Houston Street

As a college student heading to junior faculty in San Antonio, I had a part-time task functioning downtown. Weather permitting, I usually observed a familiar determine environment up his very small place on Houston Street as I walked to my work from the parking great deal.

This male experienced no legs. He was upbeat and partaking as he set out a cup on a folded blanket and stuffed it with new pencils. He then place out one more cup to get the kindnesses of people passing by.

I never remember him at any time inquiring for something. I suppose individuals just understood the drill: Enable the man take a pencil. If a person place a thing in his cup and did not get a pencil, he commonly built it a place to present them one particular. In some cases he would seize eye make contact with with a passerby, keep out a pencil, and check with, “Can you use a pencil currently?”

And that was the extend of his gross sales pitch. As it appeared, it was the only gross sales pitch he essential.

He experienced his “regulars,” of program most of them knew him by name. Sometimes a person of them would provide him a cup of espresso or a donut. For this gesture they acquired his many thanks and… you guessed it, a new pencil.

Providing One thing Back

A person day a person gave his youthful daughter some income for the pencil person. She place it in his cup and acknowledged the pencil he presented.

“Daddy, why is he offering pencils?” she questioned, as they ongoing on their way.

“Perfectly, he’s not seriously promoting them, Becky,” Dad discussed. “What you put in his cup again there was truly worth a great deal additional than that pencil. But when you aided him, he wanted to give anything back again to you. In this circumstance it was that pencil. He needed to display his appreciation to you simply because he is a pleasant individual, but also because it truly is essential for his dignity. It can be vital for us all to continue to keep our dignity. Do you fully grasp?”

As she nodded in reaction, Becky held up the yellow pencil and viewed it capture the glint of the morning’s sunlight.

“Daddy, I consider I know an additional explanation why he presents out pencils.”

“And what would that be?”

“Nicely, it truly is because he is familiar with that no one particular ever throws away a flawlessly great pencil.”###

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