“I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!”
— John Merrick, The Elephant Man
I rolled down my window and handed him supper in the form of a McDonald’s gift card.
“I really appreciate these, man. They really help.” he said.
“Yeah, no problem.” I said.
“What’s your name?” he asked me. I answered.
“What’s yours?” I returned the question.
Adam stood on the side of the road, on the on-ramp, with a cardboard sign. I had passed him numerous times, and had given him a card a couple of times before. He was just a guy on the side of the road.
To many, he is an eyesore. A beggar. A tramp. A loser. An animal.
To me, he has a name.
His name is Adam.
Passed out a couple of McDonald’s gift cards, one of which was for Adam.