Column - On the sidewalk

 

Last updated 9/20/2022 at 1:25pm



I met Betty sitting outside on the sidewalk.

Betty spends a lot of time there. She lives in the adjacent building. It is a place for older folks who need a lot of help and don’t have a lot of money. Betty lost both legs, below the knee, at some point. She wears a curly wig pulled down low on her head, and she is usually smoking a cigarette, out on the sidewalk, accompanied by a few other residents from her building.

I walk by Betty’s building a lot. “How are you doing today?” I always ask the residents as I pass.

The building is made of brick, in a pattern that looks like weaving...



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