Personal Narrative: My Encounter With The Woman From The Homeless Shelter

1336 words - 5 pages

A feeling of regret spilled over me the first time I laid eyes on this diminutive woman as she made her way across the dirt street into the kitchen where I was working. She wore a sweatshirt, three sizes too large, with its hood drawn tight. Her jeans were wet, and her palms looked pink and raw. I was struck by her uncertainty and by the wariness of her eyes under the hood. Her small frame was shaking excessively, probably from the cold winter’s air. I stood speechless, while she stood in front of me hidden in the depths of her sweatshirt. When she spoke she had fire in her voice, yet she sounded exhausted, terrified, and sour. No one would have guessed that someone that looked so unpleasant could cause such a change in one person.
The woman explained in vivid, gruesome detail about the events that led her to the women’s abuse shelter. As she told her story, I filled out the standard form for abuse. I was not the one that normally dealt with this type of problem; I usually worked in the kitchen. Filling out this form made me realize what the shelter did for abused woman, and helped me understand that the shelter gave them more than food and shelter. This form contained her name, any documentation, and a chart of the human body to mark where there were visible injuries. I began by marking bruises and cuts, and continued by marking scratches and bite marks. No part of her body was left unharmed. Her skin hung from her arms, and her emaciated body colored black and blue looked too limp to stand. As she removed her sweatshirt, I saw her story come to life; all the pain and discomfort that she once felt, I felt as well.
Since I had started volunteering at the abuse shelter, I had learned to have no emotion or have any connection to the abused women that begged for my help and service. However, there was something about this woman that intrigued me; maybe it was something in her bloodshot eyes, and up until I met this woman I had no desire to befriend any women at the shelter. From experience I learned that the women that asked for help had been abused before. Those same women would fall right back into the same ways that got them to my shelter, and they would find themselves on a Greyhound bus heading to another shelter.
This woman was different; she was able to laugh and to cry, and she was eager to give advice, not take it. She wanted to be different; she wanted to make a difference. That woman did not come to ask for money, food, or a lawyer, but she was there to offer guidance to the other women. Although she was only around thirty years old, her knowledge when she spoke flowed like she had lived two lifetimes. That woman explained to the women at the shelter about how much worse they would have it. She told them they could be living in the streets or worse still, with their abuser. She held her head as high as her petite, fragile body would allow, even in the worst circumstance. I learned so much from that woman not from her words, but...

Find Another Essay On Personal Narrative: My Encounter with the Woman from the Homeless Shelter

Personal Narrative: The Passing of my Grandma

1419 words - 6 pages fell from my mother’s hands with her faced drowned in the waves of water coming from her eyes. She cried “Why?” My Grandmother had just died. Gran, as I frequently called her, stood at five feet seven inches tall. She was an elderly woman in her mid-50s that enjoyed living life and helping others in any way possible, whether it is at the market selling produce, donating to a charity for the less fortunate, or participating in walk-a-thons. On the

The Hardship of My Life- Personal Narrative

762 words - 3 pages The Hardship of My Life- Personal Narrative As I was on the PJC bus to an out of town game, I had some free time to think. Lately, I have had in the back of my mind several troubling areas, so I know that this moment was the time to take care of these situations. If I could overcome certain problems, I would be more successful in the future. First, I have to get over the sudden death of my father. The day I found out my father was killed

Personal Narrative - My Mother, the Hippie

801 words - 3 pages to the ceiling with bunkbeds, where all of the kids on the farm slept. So what in the world does this have to do with a reflection of the first day of class? Simply put, it reaffirms the old adage that we become exactly like our parents. When I reached my adolescent years, I hated being outside and going camping with no water or electricity for days--for fun. But now that I am an adult, I find myself becoming exactly like my mother. I

Clash with the Hurricane- Personal Narrative

1887 words - 8 pages Clash with the Hurricane- Personal Narrative I woke up early morning and turned on the TV. I could not see anything clearly because I did not have my glasses on. Only red flashing lights from the TV appeared in my eyes. I got up and went and put on my glasses. The red flashing lights that were coming from the TV now made sense to me. ‘BREAKING NEWS’ I used the remote controller and went and put up the volume

Clash with the Hurricane- Personal Narrative

2303 words - 9 pages Clash with the Hurricane- Personal Narrative The sky darkened from the blue light sky, it turned suddenly to a dark black gloomy sky hovering with a mist cloud. I walked back into the car, seemingly it was going to pour down. Heavily, the wind blew. I turned to shut the windows, but, as I looked closer out of the window, huge clouds started

Adopting a Pet From the Shelter

1006 words - 5 pages adopt and make a part of your family. It is very important that before you commit to adopting any animal, you are 100% sure that they are a good match for you. Pets are not something that should be bounced around from home to home, or returned to the shelter, as they do not deserve that. They need and deserve to have a loving, forever home. Things to consider when choosing what pet you want to adopt, along with the care and time they will

THE AFRICAN ENCOUNTER WITH EUROPEANS

929 words - 4 pages THE AFRICAN ENCOUNTER WITH EUROPEANS The coming in of Europeans in Africa resulted in many changes. At first their arrival led to the improvement of trade, though a lot of minerals were taken away by them. But things turned worse when that trade turned into the selling and buying of human beings. From that time many things happened to the African people. Some of the things that happened were the arrival of missionaries who had also an impact on

Personal Narrative - The Role of God in My Personal Transformation

1755 words - 7 pages Personal Narrative - The Role of God in My Personal Transformation While growing up nearly every child feels the need to be somebody, to figure out his identity. Most children attempt to find acceptance from their peers by the way they dress, the music to which they listen, the people with whom they hang out, the parties they attend, or the other activities in which they participate. While I never really felt a strong need to please others

Personal Narrative: My Experience with Gender Roles

935 words - 4 pages Personal Narrative: My Experience with Gender Roles A secret agent. A professional football player. A fire fighter. These would have been my responses when asked that inevitable question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Family, Media and Peers are said to have influenced my views concerning the role I am to play society. All of these factors had one thing in common. They all were influencing me to behave according to my

Personal Narrative: My Experiences with Learning Processes

1533 words - 6 pages development. Self-development is basically personal development. It is about improving personal knowledge, skills and performance. And personal development is only possible if someone completes the learning cycle. The supervised work experience was for the students to experience their theoretical knowledge into practical work. This training has also helped me in knowing my strengths and weakness. SWE is very important for any hospitality management

Personal Narrative- The Day My Sister Left for College

799 words - 3 pages Personal Narrative- The Day My Sister Left for College I had woken up extra early that morning to watch it all happen. To watch part of my life that had been ever so dominant disappear in a small gold 96’ Saturn. I watched it carefully, not thinking that these few moments would be our last, but that they would be the last that we were in some way equal. The day that my big sister drove away to college was the day my life changed. For

Similar Essays

Personal Narrative Joy In Helping The Homeless

1802 words - 7 pages Personal Narrative- Joy in Helping the Homeless America's strong heritage with regard to allowing its citizens the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" has brought about a mindset that each person should work for his own benefit and personal pleasure. While there is nothing wrong with happiness and enjoying oneself, this route to seeking out joy will usually leave people empty-handed. A recent experience with a homeless

Personal Narrative Homeless Man Essay

772 words - 3 pages Personal Narrative- Homeless Man My friends often describe me as a cynic and a pessimist. For the most part, they're right. Sentiment loses value when it permeates one's attitudes and behavior just as the value of a commodity decreases as it becomes ubiquitous, so as a rule I reserve expressing sentiment for rare occasions that I deem worthy. Fortunately, even the harshest cynics are surprised sometimes. To begin, most people in my

Shelter From The Storm Essay

1561 words - 6 pages SHELTER FROM THE STORM Domestic Violence is a prevalent issue facing men and women in the United States. The only way to put an end to domestic violence is to acknowledge it and report it. With the help of the government, local charities and the concern of Tucson community members, many different resources have been created to help and support victims of domestic violence as well as rape. Every year in the United States

Learning From The Homeless Essay

1012 words - 4 pages all the sharp gesticulations, the flurry of descriptions, and the onomatopoeias, I had to smile. I was drawn to his face again and surprised at how his eyes seemed to sparkle with life. His effervescence was such a change from the torpid state I found him in and I was elated by the transformation.   Since the mall incident my time with the homeless have widened my eyes considerably. I learned about panhandling, canning routes, and