If this happens to us, we just buy a new one. But the TV is the sole entertainment for John.
His face was all crooked yesterday when he hobbled up to me in church. Usually, it takes great difficulty for him to talk as he is physically and mentally disabled. You can see that he has to muster every muscles and strength to say something that we can hear.
“My TV got curi”
If I am right, the TV and two years Astro subscription was provided by a charitable organisation, SVDP. But John is a young man with a lot of pride. Two months ago, I asked him if I can ask the SVDP to find financial help to renew the Astro subscription for him (as I was beginning to feel the pinch of monthly fees). He got mad with me and walked away like a sulky child. Apparently, he did not want charitable help and want to earn a living on his own (which is rather difficult).
But yesterday, he gave me a cheeky grin and said he cannot live without his TV and radio. As our parish priest happened to be around, I seek John’s permission and asked the priest for help.
What I learnt from knowing John in these last few months are :
1) treat everyone with the same respect
2) no one likes charitable help
he will accept help from Angie&Bart , other people he knows and I (albeit minor ones) because he sees us as his friends but receiving things from charitable organisations without the personalised touch must have made him feel helpless.
Well, considering where John stays, theft is not uncommon so no point getting angry with ‘What is becoming of the world’ kinda frustrations. And John does have problems getting around. The last time when I was at his place, he misplaced the key and hence, he couldn’t come out of his flat.
There are lots of Johns around us who may be waiting for our friendship and personalised help. I am just glad that John places his trust on me and turn to me when he needs help. I hope he gets his TV soon as it is difficult for him to move around. Hmmm…Bart, should we introduce John to the world of blogging? (John can read and write, amazing.)
Oh ya, the next time you hand out a ringgit or two to help others, remember to do it with a smile and a look into their eyes. They worth more than the money.