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Photo Diary – September 15, 2012 at 03:49PM

Today, I was down in Soho… and I see a man in a wheelchair. I was a bit in a hurry, but apparently, I have that kind of face that is approachable. He seemed quite lost and my first thought was he was going to solicit me for something…

With the kindest voice, he asked, “Can you tell me where Bloomingdale’s is?” And I of course told him where it was…

I really had such pity for him… And I hate to pity people. People don’t need pity, they need love and friendship.

But I most hated that the first “New Yorker” thought that came to my mind was that he wanted something from me…

Then I thought about a little boy in Ukraine, Sergey who is in a wheelchair all day and every day… and what he would do just to be on a busy street in Manhattan like this man asking me for directions…

I know my encounter with this man was brief, but I thank him for that moment to remind me of Sergey… and to remind me, not everyone in New York wants something from me. He said “thank you very much” and went on his way… I left with Sergey on my mind. via Maya’s Hope – on Facebook