An Example of a Family Member’s Compassion During a Painful Time
Blogs from a Family Member
Just saying … My son has been in the system for many years and had a habit of disappearing for several days at a time. Even though I was worried, he would always call within a day or two and let me know he was ok. This one incident – he had been gone three days – he called from the Greyhound Bus Depot in Los Angeles and said he was tired, hungry and wanted to come home. I went to the bus station locally and purchased a bus ticket to our residence and extra money for food. About two hours later, I received a call from my son saying he had lost the ticket. I told him to go back to the bus station and I would send another ticket. He said the employees at the bus station had told everyone to leave if they did not have a ticket, and he could not re-enter.
I thought and thought about what to do, and remembered the name of a NAMI member in Los Angeles – I had never met this person, only knew he was a family member. I called him, gave him a description and the address of the telephone booth where my son had called from. He called me back about three hours later – he had found my son, bought him dinner, purchased a one-way non-stop ticket to Delano. He said the only problem was my son had no shoes – so he took his shoes off and gave them to my son. I thanked him profusely and assured him I would repay the funds expended and would return his shoes. He watched my son get onto the bus and told him to call me from the bus station and I would pick him up.
I waited and waited and about 1:30 a.m. I heard a car door slam outside our apartment – I heard footsteps coming up the stairway and the front door opened. There was my son – and when I asked him how in the world he had gotten to the apartment from the bus station– he explained that he took a cab – and when I questioned him as to how he had paid the cab driver – he calmly said: “I gave him my shoes”.
A great story of a family member’s love, compassion, caring, and perseverance, and most of all …, it’s all about that hope!