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Bright Eyes' Story. (Part Two)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, April 18, 2011

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A homeless woman in Fort Worth, Texas, continues her story.

Image of supercell cloud (c) 2009, by Karla Dorman.

Remember me?  I'm the one known as Bright Eyes, on 'count my eyes are so big.  I'm homeless; I live on the streets in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

My place for the night varies from day to day.  Sometimes I sleep in the park, underneath the old oak tree, which is my favorite place to sleep.  Sometimes I sleep underneath a bridge abutment.  Sometimes I sleep in the back of an abandoned building.  Sometimes if I'm really lucky, I sleep in a church or a shelter that people were kind enough to let me use for the night.

I am homeless because I gambled all my money away.  That left me without a home after I got evicted, 'cause I couldn't pay the rent.  My husband tried to get me to stop, but I couldn't: it was a nasty habit of mine.  He died of a broken heart while in his forties; he was awful' young.

I am glad the cold season is overwith, but now I face several new obstacles: severe weather (now is prime time for severe storms; I hate storms with a purple passion!), fire (sometimes smoke fills the air, and it makes it hard to breathe), and the upcoming summer season, which can only spell one thing: brutal heat.

Any day is a guessing game as where you'll find me because if it's hot or stormy out I have to find shelter.  As for the smoke, I have to get out of it or else I can't breathe good.  I have asthma; sometimes it's so bad I end up at the local emergency room at Huguley Medical Center or Harris Methodist Hospital.

They treat me, but there's no way I can ever pay the bills, so I usually end up becoming a charity case, which I am.  They write it off, which is right nice of them.  

I wish I could pay 'em for the great care they give me (especially at Harris), but as I just said, I'm destitute.  What can I do when I can't breathe good?  I have to end up going to the ER; I really haven't any choice in that matter.

Having asthma sucks, especially when it's hot and/or humid (or smoky) out.

I still see my friends Snaggle-Tooth Annie, Vet-Man, Q-Man, Charlie-The-Crazy, Rica, and Junior at the shelter or at the library.  That's another thing.  Books.  I absolutely love to read!  I just wish some of the people there could be a lot nicer to us bums; we didn't ask to end up like this (okay, maybe some of us did, like I did with my gambling habit, but that's old history now).

We sometimes go to the Missions Church; I try to go every Sunday morning or Wednesday evening.  I love hearing the preacher preach, and I love the worship music!  Sometimes it makes some of us shout with joy or get up and dance!  And this was where I accepted Christ about six months ago.  Yeah, I'm a born again Christian, which means that when I go to Heaven when I die, i will be with Jesus, God, and all the angels, forever and ever!

Well, I gotta go.  A church is going to come and minster to us, and tonight they're cooking up a barbeque rib dinner; I'd like to go to that.  Could stand to get some good tasting food in my stomach instead of grounging around in the Dumpsters, which is what I usually end up doing.  Until later, this is Bright Eyes Perez saying so long and God bless!  


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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 4/19/2011
Great update Karen, thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Michelle~
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/19/2011
Great update, Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/18/2011
There, but for the Grace of God, go I ... excellent story, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 4/18/2011
Dear Karen, this is a good story and a good lesson. If people can read this story, they will understand why not to gamble, but spent their mony to survive. Love Emile

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