I first met Shayna through a Eugene story. Couldn’t help but fall in love with her. When you meet Eugene, you will understand. Please follow the links. In Shayna’s latest post she talks about her musical beginnings. Loved it.
It will be a year in November since I met him. The man who changed my life for the better. Our friendship is a friendship I have never experienced before and I have a feeling I will never experience anything like it again in my lifetime.
His name is Eugene, an American Marine Vet who has captured my heart. Some days he has no clue who I am, other days he thinks I am Sue and some days he actually knows my name…
A clip of when we first met…
I walked by him with my son in my arms. I noticed his eyes were following me. For some reason I stopped and turned and looked at him. Our eyes met. The once filled hollow eyes were now glistening.
To my surprise the soft-spoken ‘scary’ man whispered, “I had me a son once.”
Startled, I smiled “Ya did? There is nothin like ’em.”
While stealing a glance of my son his voice quivered “Yeah, nothin like ’em. It’s been 62 years since I seen him.”
My heart dropped and I didn’t know what to say. Before I could really think I sat down beside him and blurted out “Would ya like to hold my son?”
He looked at me with deep desire and then slumped down and hung his head. “No, mam.”
I sat with him for a few more minutes in silence. I finally stood up to walk away. While in the mist of standing I dropped my keys. Eugene bent over and picked them up.
“Thank you,” I whispered.
“No, miss, thank you for talkin’ to me,” he stated while handing me my keys.
He leaned back on the bench and his brief glistening eyes turned back to hollow.
Our friendship has grown since that faithful day in November…
That very day changed my life and the way I view people. This man was a man I was very scared of as a child… when I would see him I would turn and run the other way. To think… if I had only opened my mind and heart up many years ago, Eugene could have been a great friend to me back then.
As a human race our assumptions most often prevent us from seeing the actual person(s) standing before us.
We judge one by skin color, one by gender, one by sexual preference, one by occupation, one by social status, one by class, one by beauty, one by education, one by religion and the list goes onâ€¦.
If we could all open our eyes to the good around us… instead of sinking down into the bad that is pounded into our heads… the world would be a better place. Don’t you think?
When was the last time you stepped outside of your “shell” and opened your arms and heart to someone who needed you as much as you needed them? It doesn’t take much to say a simple “hello”, now does it? It’s amazing what the words “hello” can do. It might even bring you a friendship that beats any other friendship.
The fact of the matter is… I needed Eugene as much as he needed me…
Just a simple “hello”… can change your life for the better.