This morning I got an email from a participant at the Disrupting Poverty gig, which bought a little tear to the eye….
Just a quick story – throughout the day (in particular the Leeds TIE play) I was thinking of the kid over the road who’s the “poor kid” on our street. Single mum, rented house, always out on the street, not brilliant behaviour etc etc….
If i’m honest my main thought has been that I don’t want him hanging round too much with my lad…
Yesterday we were out in the front garden (clearing it for more fruit and veg growing – with part of the idea that it’ll get us out at the front and talking to people).
He comes over – my lad was out, as were the other kids on the street. Chatting to us, I mentioned the boys were out. He said “They’re always going places – are they millionaires or something?”. Said how his mum’s got no money to do anything with him.
He spent an hour with us helping to clear the garden – and is keen to help us when we start growing veg (plan had been to get the kids on the street involved)
So I suppose I’m just telling you that story as an example of how things that what you did can be very timely! And it was a good challenge to me too…
So, if the Disrupting Poverty Day does nothing else at least it has made a small difference in this part of the City.