His Name Is Adam

“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.

Homeless Man

“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. 

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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2 Responses to His Name Is Adam

  1. Natalie says:

    *tears* you are very kind, Eric. I’ve gotta get some mcd gift cards to keep in the car. Everybody reading this blog can do something to help people who are hungry. Everybody reading this blog can make a difference. now excuse me whilst I go and get a kleenex.

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