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The Goodness Of Strangers
Did you hear about the homeless man who found the six year old autistic boy? The boy's name is Sergio Zepeda, and he suffers from autism. The boy had been missing from his San Jose, California home for almost 24 hours while they searched for him.
For some reason, he had stripped off all his clothes and managed to get across train tracks until he stumbled upon a makeshift homeless encampment.
Jose Salmeron, who lives there with his wife, looked out his tent in the wee hours of the morning when he heard a sound, and saw the boy.
The boy was unable to speak. The 32 year old man borrowed a phone and called 911. Then they gave the boy a blanket, a sweater, a donut and some water, while they waited for police to arrive.
The family say the boy vanished about 9 a.m. Saturday. How he found his way to the homeless encampment miles away from his home, no one knows.
The police department wants to nominate Salmeron for the Good Samaritan Award, but the man doesn't feel deserving of the praise.
"We're not heroes," Salmeron said. "It was the only right thing to do. When you see a helpless kid like that, you are supposed to do the right thing, and just call the cops right away. Thank God he didn't get hit by a train or fall into the water."
It is a quiet afternoon. Looked like it might rain for awhile. But now it is sunny outside. I'm sitting here watching the ornamental grass plumes nod in the breeze. They remind me of wheat out in a field.
The dogs are asleep. Abi in one of the dog beds. And here's Charlie...
The boy is not happy unless he is completely covered by something. He roots around trying to pull up quilts and blankets and sheets, finding a little spot to curl up and snooze.
The flowers are fading fast. But I did find a cheap pot of yellow mums at Walmart when I did my grocery shopping.
Every year, I find myself wanting a pot of yellow mums to herald in the fall season.
Posted by Brenda Pruitt at 2:38 PM
Hi there! I'm Brenda. I live in a patio apartment with my two dogs. I write about living big in small spaces on a budget and enjoying the simple things in life.