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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Meals on Wheels

Alas, more black and white dusted off and thrown across the ethernnet.....

Back in the 70's the City of Macon had a surplus of money (can you believe that???) and were trying to decide what to do with it. Several programs were being considered. One was the Meals on Wheels program. Our newspaper did stories on some of them, and I did most of the photos.

I spent a good bit of time with the Meals on Wheels delivery folks, and with some of the recipients. What an enlightening experience. Some of these folks ate only the one meal brought to them by Meals on Wheels, making the food last for both lunch and dinner. The delivery person was about the only contact several of the folks had with the rest of the world.

The top photo is of gentleman who enjoyed laking about his earlier years as a drummer in several local bands. He was reminiscing in this photo, invisible drumsticks flailing away.

The other two photos are of a sweet little lady in East Macon. The first time I went to her home, she took me into her living room sat down in this chair, and pointed to the framed 8 x 10 sitting on the table. "I just wanted to show you I used to be pretty," she said.

More days spent in the darkroom, printing and crying. Some heavy stuff. The story and a page of my pictures were published. City Council decided to give some of the money to Meals on Wheels. Sometimes you can make a difference.


Shark Girl said...

This is a sad story you tell with the pictures, but yet the photos are hauntingly beautiful. I can see why you cried. I wonder where their family was that no one visited them except the delivery person.

Mary said...

The important thing is you recognized a lot of things, and in that you show compassion, patience, love and caring for people that you barely knew. You have the unique gift of opening your heart through your lens and letting the entire world in to take a look.
Again, your writing is beautiful, you are opening your soul to us.
This is very good stuff, thank you.

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