Most of the readers wouldn't know this guy.
I didn't know either a reader gave me a description.
This happens to me alot. The guy who got hit by a car on his bicycle and died near the Superstore a few months ago.
I don't know who he was but if I saw his picture? I should know the guy.
Going back to Andrew Nason.
I wrote back- Ohhhhh Andrew??? < Then I knew who they were talking about >
I have known Andrew for a couple of years. He used to live in the shelter.
This young guy didn't say much < Not too me anyway >
He never wanted his picture taken and I respected his wish.
He was always polite.
I guess he passed away a couple of days ago.
Here's a friend of the guy who sent me this email this morning.
When a person makes a choice to become involved with drugs they do not look ahead to what lies down the road.
They live only for that moment in time, Family , friends, people they work with can try to warn them, they see the dangers, feel the pain and heart ache that the addiction is causing but your friend, your brother, your client whatever the addicted person is to you has become enslaved to their habit. They may have moments or weeks sometimes even months of clarity and try to shake themselves free of it but in the end it almost always draws them back.
It's difficult to see someone you have grown fond of go down that path, it's impossible to know how to help.
Yesterday it happened again. Someone far too young was taken, became another statistic a nameless face in the war against addiction...
Not to those who knew him, to those who had the privilege to know Andrew he was a gentle kind hearted soul. He reminded me a teddy bear with a red beard. I shall miss our talks, his love of Caesar salad, and the smile he always had for me even when things were not going right in his world.
Andrew I wish I could have been more help, I wish I had known how to reach into your scarred heart and find the path out for you. But I know that in the end only you and you alone had the power to do that.
My prayers go out to your family, to your circle of friends and to all the frontline workers who had the honor of working with you through the years. May we find comfort in this quote from Thomas Campbell.
"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die." ~ Thomas Campbell