He was so quietly focusing on planting bulbs that he seemed oblivious. I only say this because he seemed startled when a woman asked him “What are you doing?” “My friend works there (pointing to a store across the street). I thought that she might like to see some flowers when she leaves work. I hope that they ( meaning everyone who walks by will enjoy the flowers. I am hoping that they all survive the cold and wet weather.”
Hours later I saw him planting more bulbs a few blocks away from where I had seen him earlier in the day. I was so touched by this man’s generosity and kindness that I didn’t even think of asking him more questions. Besides, he was so focused on his task that I didn’t want to further disturb his planting.