I saw this uncle sitting on the floor near KFC Jam Besar, Sungai Petani Kedah this afternoon. He sits there, he sleeps there and his whole life is there, lying faithfully on the floor. I still remember last year that I saw this uncle at the same spot, but at that time he was nearly shirtless. He looked so pale, thin and not even attracted to the outside world but today, he gets a new Scouts uniform and a slipper, courtesy of our concerned citizens.
I am pretty sure that this uncle is not a beggar but he has no home to live in. He feeds from the leftover food from KFC or maybe the nearby stall but it is not sufficient. He still needs a house with four walls on, a proper bed, toilet and a family to take care of him. I wonder when will this uncle be taken to an old folks home, because he has been there since forever. Did the respective authority not see this until today? Well, I do not want to judge anyone because I never know what has actually happened. All I hope is that one day that uncle can finally return to a house as that is the least I can do now, hoping.
Seeing that uncle's condition made me realize something, that I should be thankful for having a house to live in, and a family that can take care of me. At least, I do not have to live on the streets and feed from other people's sympathy. His home is just a thin cardboard piece, a wide open space and the big blue sky above him. Be grateful for what we have now people, we never know what is missing until we lost it ;)