Sixth Street Center for Youth - A Hobo’s Respite
"It’s hard to hobo when your pregnant. Seriously, you have to jump off when the train is moving and roll on your side. This belly thing get’s in the way."
- young roofless woman -
A couple jumps from a moving train onto the prairie of post civil war America.
Dusting themselves off they make way towards a nearby farmhouse. A woman rushes to greet them, her welcoming face turning pensive at the sight of torn clothes and bulging belly.
The woman says, “You two are welcome to stay in our hay barn while you get back on your feet. Don’t fret or fuss your welcome here.”
The travelers are relieved for the respite, a place for them and their unborn baby to fit in — to be safe, warm and loved.
21st century citizens of Chico California call this couple gutter kids. One vile man maced their dog shouting profanities at them for their perceived intrusion in public space without a roof to call their own.
Others complain, “why do they have to sit there?”
The Sixth Street Drop-In Center accepts them and their situation providing food, clothing and transportation. If only they had a barn.
"If only,"the pregnant woman laughs. "If only."
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