What’s so cool about this picture? Is it the farm fresh eggs we scored for 29 pesos (a little over $1) at la feria? Yep, that’s pretty cool.
But what’s more cool is the beautiful platter they sit upon – another precious gift from our dear homeless friend.
Stefano constantly takes the left over change he makes from helping people park their cars and then buys us gifts at la feria as a way to say thank you.
We’d rather him keep his hard earned money, but I can tell it gives him no greater joy than to ring my bell and eagerly present me with a coffee cup, a cardigan, a bag of books to help me practice my Spanish, or some other gift he thinks I will love.
You’d think this behavior might be rare among the community we work with, but it’s not.
About 90% of the homeless we serve regularly ring my bell bearing gifts – sometimes just leaving them on my doorstep almost as if an anonymous angel stopped by while I was out running errands.
The Uruguayo culture is a gift giving and grateful culture. Either that, or the Word of God is changing their hearts. Maybe both.