15 August 2017

"We owe it to each other to take care of gentle souls like this.": The Man on the Overpass

STLToday has a very moving story about Raynard Nebbitt, whom you may not know by name. On the other hand, if you travel I-44 at all regularly, you know him by sight. He is the man who travels every day to the overpass on Rock Hill Rd., flagging down trucks to honk their horns. He has a mental disability, and this overpass is his daily routine, his daily task-- or, if you will, his daily apostolate. Since it seems I have a contractual obligation to drive to the Dance Center of Kirkwood 14 times a week, I simply refer to him as "Maddie's friend".

Anyhoo, it seems that due to a recent physical disability of his sister (who had been able to work and support them both), he was forced to move to the city, where his daily bike ride now takes over an hour each way.

The quote in the above headline comes from a commenter at the STLToday story. It is a very worthy read.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. Used to see him frequently at 44 and Arsenal and always wondered what his story was. Next time I see him I'll honk and wave.


JBQ said...

Sadly because of the evils of society, there are many mentally ill in the black community. Nevertheless, it does no good at all for "bleeding hearts" to support BLM as a way to level the playing field.

MR said...

As contrasted with this story: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/down-syndrome-iceland/?linkId=40953194