I met Brenda today. We have a similar relationship to many others that I have. It’s similar in that I am often blind and willfully ignorant to her existence.

Brenda sit outside of one of the many, many Starbucks that lines Michigan Avenue. She has a simple sign and is consistently there, everyday. Whether I stop in for coffee or not, I walk past her five days a week.

Brenda says she has been out there for a while, not sure how long, but plan to learn. Her one piece of advice was that it is important to listen to your parents. At an early age, she left home and entered into a life of drugs. She wanted to do her own thing and resisted her parents.

As a final question, I asked what I could do for her. She simply stated to say hi, chat with her.

So, I will.